Spain’s Sergio Garcia will visit a specialist in an attempt to cure a hand injury which has curtailed the player’s preparation for the new golf season. The injury, which Garcia sustained during the third round of the Dubai World Championship, has so far failed to respond to rest and has prevented him from swinging a club since.
Garcia hopes to be able to return to action at the $3.3millionAbu Dhabi tournament, scheduled for late January 2010 and will be looking to build on his 2009 season, in which he won one tournament and earned $2.4million in prize money. Garcia will also hope to mount a challenge to be included in Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup team to take on the United States at The Celtic Manor resort, Wales.
When asked about the injury, Garcia told the Spanish media:
“The hand is not well … I haven’t played for three weeks and I still feel pain. It’s not healing as fast as we thought it would. What’s clear is that even with the rest it’s not better and we’re a little bit worried.”
Garcia finished seventh in the Dubai World Championship, 11 shots behind runaway winner Lee Westwood.