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Sat 14 Nov 2009 05:22 PM

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Injury forces Casey to skip Dubai - BBC

Golfer takes advice not to risk further injury to the shoulder muscle he tore in July.

Ace golfer Paul Casey will miss the Dubai World Championship, the event that could have resulted in him being crowned the European Tour's number one this season, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Casey has taken advice not to risk further injury to the shoulder muscle he tore in July and will miss the event on 19-22 November, the BBC’s website said.

His manager Guy Kinnings said: "It's sad. Paul's intercostal muscle is not torn again but it is inflamed."

Casey spent nearly three months out before returning a fortnight ago. He lost both matches in the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain then withdrew early in the final round of last week's HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, the BBC said.

The 32-year-old, who lies fifth on the Race to Dubai money list, flew from China to the US for an MRI scan in the hope that he would be given the all-clear to compete in the Middle East.

He will now seek a further opinion before making a decision on when he will be fit enough to return, according to the BBC’s website.

The world's top golfers will play the Earth course at the Dubai development on November 19-22, the culmination of the Race to Dubai.

In September, the European Tour announced that the prize money for The Race to Dubai Bonus Pool and the Dubai World Championship will be reduced by 25 percent.

Both have been cut to $7.5m each, making a total purse now of $15m, down from the original $20m.

First prize for the Bonus Pool will be $1.5m and first prize for the Dubai World Championship will be $1.25m, the Tour said in a statement.

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