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McDowell opts out of Wentworth trip to stay with wife

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Graeme McDowell has decided to pull out of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to spend time at home in Florida with his pregnant wife.

McDowell and wife Kristin are expecting their first child in the summer and the former US Open has decided not to fly to England for the European Tour's flagship event.

It means McDowell will be the only member of Europe's victorious 2012 Ryder Cup side not teeing up at the famous Surrey course on May 22.

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Rory McIlroy recently announced he will be playing, while Luke Donald is seeking his third victory in four years at the tournament.

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: "Any tournament is disappointed not to have Graeme McDowell in its ranks.

"But the BMW PGA Championship still boasts a superb field including four former world No.1s - Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, the latter of course fresh from his victory in the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

"I very much appreciated Graeme taking the time to phone me personally to tell me he wouldn't be at Wentworth, but the fact that he wants to spend time with Kristin, who will not be able to travel for the next three months, is entirely understandable.

"We wish them both well and look forward to seeing Graeme back in action in the championship in future years."

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