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McDowell allays injury fears

Graeme McDowell will see out his 2012 schedule as planned after a hand injury picked up in China proved to be not as serious as first feared.

The 2010 US Open champion suffered a freak accident ahead of the second round of last week's WGC-HSBC Champions event when he caught his hand in a hotel door.

Although he soldiered through the second round to post a 75, employing a baseball grip to protect the injured finger, there were fears he might have to pull out of the tournament and even bring a premature end to his season.

However, after receiving confirmation he had not fractured a bone and seeing the problem respond to treatment, McDowell was able to conclude the event and shot rounds of 68 and 72 over the weekend to finish in a tie for 42nd.

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

McDowell now plans to take a week off to rest and practice in Dubai before competing in the Australian Masters in Melbourne starting on November 15.

Manager Conor Ridge confirmed his intention to play in Australia, stating: "He's looking forward to going to Australia, he hasn't played there for a long time."

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