Donald joins Volvo Match-play field

Luke Donald is one of the latest high profile golfers to say yes to the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

World No 3 Luke Donald, the reigning WGC Accenture Match Play champion, is one of the latest high profile golfers to join the stellar field for the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Along with big-hitting Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, already a winner in his rookie season on the US PGA Tour, and seasoned Dane Anders Hansen, Donald was one of the three golfers who on Monday confirmed that they would be joining the stellar 24-man field at Finca Cortesin near Marbella in Spain in two weeks time.

In doing so, the Englishman will not only be putting himself in position to clinch a notable world match-play double, he will also ensure that the top three on the World Rankings list will all be in the field.

Fellow Englishman Lee Westwood and Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who qualified off last season’s European Tour money list, have already confirmed their participation.

Donald said: “I have had a great start to the year in the States and now I am really looking forward to returning to play in Europe.

“I grew up watching the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth and certainly dreamed of winning it as I watched many of golf’s legends battle it out over the years.

“I love match play and it seems to suit my style of golf, so to have the possibility to hold both the WGC and the historic Volvo World Match Play Championship in the same year is a great opportunity.

“Obviously having Lee and Martin in what is a fantastic line-up adds some extra spice to the week with the number one spot up for grabs and with the ‘champions league’ format I will probably end up playing against some of my Ryder Cup colleagues.”

Vegas commented: “It is my first time in Spain and it will be my first professional event in Europe, so add that to the thrill of match play and it will be a very exciting week.”

The players, three of whom have still to be named (one from Asia, one from Australasia and the other a sponsor’s invite based on the world rankings). will initially be divided into eight groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to the knockout stages on Saturday and Sunday.

The first prize of £712,000 is reported to be the second highest in Europe behind the Open Championship which is set to be played at St Georges in Sandwich, England, in July.