World No 1 Luke Donald will miss this week's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai so that he can be by his wife’s side for the birth of their second child.

The Englishman is trying to become the first player in history to win the moneylists on both the European and PGA Tours and had been hoping that their daughter would conveniently arrive early, but she didn’t.

He admitted that his bags were packed and he was ready to go, but when there was no early arrival he conceded family had to first.

"It's important for my wife and it's important for me to make sure that I'm around to support her. It's no coincidence that the birth of our first daughter inspired me to some really great golf," said Donald.

"Family does put a lot of things into perspective. My job is very important but the family out-trumps everything," said the Englishman.

One can understand Donald wanting to be in Shanghai so badly, there are still five weeks left of the European Tour season and he is leading the Race to Dubai by €1.3 million from Rory McIlroy. A sum that would be reduced significantly if McIlroy goes on to win the tournament.

All of which makes his decision to be with his wife all the more admirable.

Donald added that the recent controversy over the last-minute decision to delay mailing out the ballots for the PGA Tour Player of the Year voting had nothing to do with his choice to stay by his wife's side.

"I have no problem with them including the HSBC Champions, they should. It was just the timing of it. The thing that disappointed me is that the schedule has been the same all year.

"I feel bad for the Asian golf fans that they didn't see that. It's something that should have been known at the beginning of the year, not the day after Disney. The goalposts moved.

"It's like running a marathon for 26 miles, crossing the finish line and then they say 'actually we're going to make it 27 miles'. It's just the timing of it.

"It's an important event; to have a WGC outside the US and such a big event in Asia. I've supported it the last few years when I've been eligible. I would be there if it wasn't for the baby," he said.