McDowell 'playing through pain' in China

Published Friday, 02 November 2012
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Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell isn't faring well at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China - but he can probably be excused after slamming his right hand in a hotel door.

McDowell 'playing through pain' in China
G-Mac's hand was taped up while playing his second round at Mission Hills. (© Getty)

The Portrush man at first feared it might be broken, due to the pain, and had to be treated for the injury ahead of his second round at Mission Hills on Friday morning.

"They've confirmed since that it's not broken, just bruised," his manager Conor Ridge said.

In obvious pain, McDowell battled through a round of 75 and was left tied in 56th place.

G-Mac will have to decide whether to continue in the tournament after medical tests on Saturday, but his manager said McDowell would be reluctant to miss out on the final events of his season.

Knowing him, he'd have to be pretty bad not to play.

Conor Ridge, G-Mac's manager

He's still got the World Tour Championship in Dubai, the Australian Masters and the World Challenge in California to come.

"He's not going to want to miss any of them," Ridge said.

"He's looking forward to going to Australia, he hasn't played there for a long time. He's certainly not winding down. He won't want to miss the last two rounds here either, let's be honest.

"Hopefully he's okay."

Louis Oosthuizen has opened up a five-shot lead at the top of the table, after a nine-under-par 63 on Friday which included four birdies and an eagle on the front nine.

The South African also set a new 36-hole World Golf Championship record in the process.

Oosthuizen's compatriot Ernie Els shares second, despite an injured ankle, after a second round 63 which included seven birdies on the front nine.

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