Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had a different type of hazard this week, but not on the golf course. He apparently smashed his hand in a hotel door.
The 33 year old was in China for the HSBC Championship at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzen, China. Throughout his hindered play, fans could see his bandages on his right hand.
The Northern Irishman tried to play through the pain and completed the second round, but dropped out after shooting a 75 at the World Championship event. He hopes he can make the final round.
He tweeted on Friday, “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.”
On Saturday, he will undergo medical tests for his badly bruised hand to determine whether the so-called “argument with a door “will hinder his play for the rest of the year.
McDowell has had a successful career and is dedicated and determined to continue his career in the game. On his Facebook page, he describes his love for golf at an early age.
“I first found my love for golf as an eight year old under the watchful eye of my uncle Uel at Rathmore Golf Club. At 14, I represented Rathmore in senior competition, and a year later, lined out for Coleraine Institution in the World Schools Championship in Blairgowrie in Scotland. At this stage I knew I was pretty good at golf, but had no idea what lay ahead!”
His career highlights include playing on the PGA Tour and European Tour. He won the 2010 U.S. Open. He also has won seven events on the European Tour. He also has been a vital member of the European Ryder Cup (pictured) team and the World Cup.
Hopefully the hand accident will be temporary. For the rest of 2012, it may be a wait-and-see scenario for McDowell.