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Steen Tinning set to retire from Tour golf

Steen Tinning's defence of the Telefonica Madrid Open title will be an emotional affair - it is almost certainly the last event of his 18-year European Tour career as well.

The 41-year-old Dane announcedthat he will be retiring at the end of this season due to injury and unless he wins again at Club de Campo he will not qualify for next week's Volvo Masters.

Tinning has had severe back problems for a number of months, but the pain has intensified recently and although he is exempt for another season and was joint fourth in the Dutch Open only two weeks ago the father of two has decided to call it a day.

"The pain is now unbearable. I can't get to sleep at night and when I wake up in the morning I am so stiff I can hardly move," he said.

"Unfortunately I will have to stop playing on the tour because it is impossible for me to maintain a full tournament schedule."

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