I had an argument with a door… McDowell suffers freak injury at hotel in China
16:11 GMT, 2 November 2012
Graeme McDowell's season looked to have reached a painful and premature end after the former US Open champion slammed his hand in a hotel door in China.
But the Ulsterman has revealed he still hopes to play in the third round of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills despite suffering bad bruising in the accident. The Ryder Cup hero of Celtic Manor will undergo medical tests on Saturday to determine whether he can carry on.
McDowell played through the pain and completed his second round at the prestigious World Golf Championship event, but dropped out of contention after he could only shoot a 75, which left him well down the field at the halfway stage.
Ouch: McDowell tees off on the seventh hole at Mission Hills – with strapping clearly visible on his right hand
Later on Friday he tweeted: 'Busted up my hand a bit last night. Had an argument with a door. Nothing broken. Just bruised and swollen. I should be okay for tomorrow.'
McDowell's manager, Conor Ridge, had feared the Portrush man could be forced to sit out the remaining two rounds in Dongguan and, even worse, his final three tournaments of the year.
He is due to play in the World
Tour Championship – the European Tour's season-ending extravanganza in
Dubai where the money list winner will be crowned – the Australian
Masters and the World Challenge in California – Tiger Woods' tournament,
which McDowell won in 2010.
Out of contention: McDowell is well down the field after two rounds at the HSBC Champions
'He got it treated this morning. It was
obviously quite sore because he said it feels like it's broken,' said
Ridge. 'They've confirmed since that it's not broken, it's just bruised.
'He did it this morning before he left the hotel room, literally when he was on his way down here so we're going to see what it's like in the morning.'
Ridge added: 'He's not going to want to miss any of them (his last events). He's looking forward to going to Australia, he hasn't played there for a long time.
Can't catch me: Leader Louis Oosthuizen (left) chats with McDowell during the second round in China
'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 OK but knowing him he'd have to be pretty bad not to play.'
McDowell sits in 56th place at the HSBC Champions on two over par after adding to his opening round of 71, and sits fully 18 shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen.
The 2010 Open champion is five shots in front of Adam Scott and Ernie Els on 16 under par after carding a course-record 63.