Monday 20 November 2017

Revolutionary treatment for McGinley

William S Callahan

PAUL McGINLEY received good news from his doctor yesterday as he drew the line under yet another injury-wracked season.

McGinley had expected to undergo an eighth knee operation to clear up cartilage damage in his right knee but now is being lined up for a revolutionary new treatment instead.

Reluctant to perform any further surgery on the Ryder Cup hero's knees, McGinley's specialist, who counts Arsenal among his clients, has recommended "an alternative way" -- a series of injections which have worked wonders with injured soccer players.

"I was delighted not to have to undergo surgery," said McGinley, explaining that the regenerative new procedure involves using a concoction based on the patient's own blood. "After seven operations, I know too well how difficult the rehab process can be.

"In truth, I haven't played a lick since my last operation 18 months ago," he added.

McGinley's right knee swelled up during Thursday's first round of the Iskandar Johor Open and, after signing for an 81, the Dubliner withdrew and flew back to London to consult with his medic.

Sweden's Daniel Chopra had a five-stroke lead in the Johor clubhouse when darkness drew play to a close in Malaysia yesterday, with half of the field yet to complete their second round.

After his impressive 64 on Thursday, Padraig Harrington was even par for the first nine holes of his second round as night fell. A level-par second-round 71 put Peter Lawrie just inside the projected cut mark on two-under, but Damien McGrane (68) and Gareth Maybin (71), just one shot back, were facing another weekend off.

Back-to-back 69s left Shane Lowry tied sixth on four-under at Japan's Dunlop Phoenix. In-form Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez Castano led on eight-under after his second-round 66, while Graeme McDowell was on even par after a second successive 71.

Meanwhile, Seamus Power, 24, missed out on a place in the final qualifying round for US PGA Tour by the narrowest margin in Houston yesterday.

A run of four bogeys in five holes to the turn was key as a fourth and final round 75 left Waterford's former Irish youths champion tied 25th on four-under, one stroke outside the top-20 and ties who graduated.

Ulster duo Chris Devlin and Fergal Rafferty both need a mini-miracle today to make it through in Florida. Devlin shared 41st on seven-over, five shots outside the top 21 and ties, after a 76 in his third round in Panama City, while Rafferty was tied 58th on even par, seven off qualifying pace, after his 72 at Plantation Reserve.

Johor Open, Live, Sky Sports 1, 7.30am

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