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McDowell back after freak accident

ESPN staff
November 5, 2012
Graeme McDowell has made a swift recovery after trapping his hand in a hotel door © Getty Images

Graeme McDowell will complete his 2012 season as planned after making a quick recovery from a freak hand injury picked up in Shanghai.

The former US Open champion avoided any serious damage after trapping his hand in a hotel door ahead of the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament.

Amid fears that he may have broken a finger, McDowell played through the pain barrier to post a score of 75, with speculation that his season may be brought to a premature end.

But after receiving the all clear from medics and with the hand responding well to treatment, the Northern Irishman recovered with rounds of 68 and 72 to finish in a tie for 42nd in China.

He took to Twitter to play down concerns about the injury, writing: "Busted up my hand a bit last night. Had an argument with a door. Nothing broken. Just bruised and swollen."

McDowell now has a week off before heading to the Australian Masters on November 15. "He's looking forward to going to Australia, he hasn't played there for a long time," said manager Conor Ridge.

After Australia he will take part in the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, before finishing the year at the World Challenge in California in December.

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