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


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.”