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G-Mac downplays hand injury; won't miss time

Graeme McDowell
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PRATTVILLE, AL - SEPTEMBER 25: Birdie Kim watches her drive on the 10th tee during first round play in the Navistar LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on September 25, 2008 in Prattville, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)  - 

His dust-up with a hotel door won’t keep Graeme McDowell from missing any tournaments the rest of the season.

On Friday, the Northern Irishman caught his hand in a hotel door during a freak accident at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He sustained no broken bones; just bruising and swelling. A few reports over the weekend erroneously suggested that G-Mac’s season might end prematurely. 

During a second-round 75, McDowell protected the injured finger by using a 10-finger baseball grip. After treatment he shot rounds of 68-72 on the weekend and eventually tied for 42nd in the final World Golf Championships event of the season.   

After a scheduled week off, McDowell will still compete in the Australian Masters, which begins Nov. 15, before teeing it up in the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship and Tiger Woods’ World Challenge. 

McDowell’s manager, Conor Ridge, confirmed this schedule, according to several media reports: “He’s looking forward to going to Australia; he hasn’t played there for a long time.”