Sunday, November 15, 2009

Paul Casey pulls out of Dubai World Championship

Paul Casey is out of next week's Dubai World Championship, the event which could have seen him crowned as the European Tour's No 1 this season.
England's world No 5 has taken medical advice not to risk further injury to the shoulder muscle he tore in practice for the Open in July. Casey spent nearly three months on the sidelines before returning at the Volvo world match-play championship a fortnight ago, but then withdrew early in the final round of last week's HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
The 32-year-old, who lies fifth on the "Race to Dubai" money list, flew from China to the United States for an MRI scan in the hope that he would be given the all-clear to compete in the Middle East.
But manager Guy Kinnings said: "Paul will not play sadly. His intercostal muscle is not torn again, but it is inflamed and he cannot risk it in Dubai."
Casey will now seek further opinion before making a decision on when he will be fit enough to return.
Next week's event is for the leading 60 money-winners on the circuit, but the field will now be only 58 as American Anthony Kim, runner-up to England's Ross Fisher at the match-play in Spain, has decided not to play.
Casey is still in line for an Order of Merit bonus that could be in excess of £316,000.
At the 1996 Volvo Masters Australian Robert Allenby, having fractured his sternum in a car crash the previous month, struck an opening drive 30 yards and then quit.
The rules at the time required him to do that so he could collect a bonus of around £60,000 - he then gave it to charity - but things are different now.
A note in the European Tour members' handbook states: "To be eligible for bonus pool prize money a player must participate in the Dubai World Championship unless he has a mitigating circumstance."
It says further on that a player withdrawing "for reasons of injury, serious disability or personal emergency which is deemed acceptable by the Chief Executive (in his absolute determination) will remain eligible to receive any applicable bonus pool payment."



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