Gary Evans recovering in Dubai
Gary Evans is on the road to recovery after undergoing keyhole surgery on a shoulder injury that had threatened his European Tour future.
The 35-year-old Englishman, one of the star performers at the last three Open Championships, hopes to be swinging a club again by the end of this year and has targeted the Dubai Desert Classic at the beginning of March for his tournament comeback.
Evans, who secured his 2005 Tour card by winning almost Euro270,000 in 19 starts this season, initially tackled the injury, a bone growth inflaming ligaments and other soft tissues around the joint of his right shoulder, with a cortisone injection and a relentless diet of painkillers. But the pain eventually became too intense and he was forced to call a halt to his 2004 campaign at the Nissan Irish Open in July.
“It just got too painful and I was in danger of doing myself permanent damage,” said Evans, who is now recovering at home in Dubai following the operation in a central London hospital. “The surgeon cleaned out all the fragments in the joint and I’m already doing the physiotherapy.
“It’s very tender at the moment, but the important thing is to be very patient because we won’t know for a while whether the problem’s completely cured.
“Before the operation I had to brace myself mentally for the possibility that I might be looking for something else to do with my life.
“But all being well I should start swinging a club again around Christmas time with a view to returning to the Tour at the Dubai Desert Classic in March.”
As Evans recovers, one project to occupy his attention will be the new set of Olyo irons he’s designing and hopes to play with on Tour next year.
“We’re nearly there with the clubs now and need to make only one or two tweaks,” he said.
“I want to produce equipment of top-of-the-range quality at an affordable price for ordinary golfers.”
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