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Injuries could hamper Howell's Shanghai bid
DAVID Howell is cursing the ‘disastrous’ injuries which are threatening to ruin what he believes is his biggest month of golf in the last four years.
The Swindon pro had to contend with chest and shoulder injuries while playing in the Portugal Masters a fortnight ago, but despite taking a break from golf in the lead up to the BMW Masters in Shanghai today the issues are still causing him problems.
The tournament in China is the first of four big money events making up the European Tour’s Final Series, culminating in the World Tour Championship in Dubai, and Howell is frustrated injury is hampering the lucrative end to his season.
“I’m in the wars a bit because the chest and shoulder injuries I had going into Portugal are yet to disappear and they are getting worse if anything,” he said.
“I’m not in good shape at all which isn’t good, and it hinders me a fair bit which means I could only manage seven holes in the pro-am on Wednesday.
“I can swing the club but there’s pain in my chest and shoulder which gets worse the more swings I make, and it’s a terrible scenario really, disastrous.
“This is the biggest month of golf I’ve had in front of me for the last four years, and while it might improve by the time I tee off I’m not holding out much hope at all.”
Howell was due to begin his first round at 10.30am local time (3.30am UK time) this morning and still expected to play despite the injuries he’s suffering, but his biggest fear is aggravating the problems to the extent he is unable to compete to the best of his ability at the remaining three events.
“Probably the thing to do will to go out for a walk in the morning and take it from there, but the dilemma is how big a risk to take because there are four really big tournament here,” he said.
“An injury like this could ruin all four events if I play, and the balance is a tricky one to get right and there’s no magic answer.
“I will attempt to play but it may be a case of assessing things after the first round and working out if the body is progressing and regressing.
“If it gets worse then there is no point playing on.”
Howell was due to partner Brett Rumford and Stephen Gallagher at Lake Malaren.
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