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Welsh golfer makes injury comeback

Cardiff’s Craig Williams marked a comeback from injury at the weekend after finishing third at the Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata in Italy.

It was a return to form for the Challenge Tour player after suffering from a shoulder injury for the past five months that is continuing to cause the Welshman some discomfort but is no longer affecting his swing.

Sweden’s Leif Westerberg took the top honours however, putting together a stunning finish of five birdies in his closing seven holes, and in doing so, stamped his name at the summit of the Challenge Tour Rankings.

Williams explained, “I played well – my putting was a lot better than it has been recently and I also am feeling less pain from my shoulder injury.”

The 25-year-old is supported by the Sports Council for Wales’s Élite Cymru programme. As well as providing financial backing, medical support is also on hand.

He has been working with Élite Cymru physiotherapist Dean Conway who says,

“Rather than just stopping the shoulder pain, it was important to try to stop its return. We did a full screen and provided him with a detailed treatment programme which has helped.”

Williams explains, “Having a phsyio at the Welsh Institute of Sport has saved me from traipsing around Cardiff looking for a decent physiotherapist. It is also easy to access because the service is based under the same roof as sports science and the Élite Cymru offices.

“This is the back-up that is needed for professional sportspeople and I think it’s going to make all the difference to Welsh sport.”

He secured his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the end of last season in the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge and is hoping to have a momentous year:

“I feel this year is important for me in terms of trying to secure a place in the top 15 of the Challenge Tour rankings. After winning at the tail-end of last season in Wales, I think that I’m capable of going on from that and hopefully I can prove it this year.”

He now heads to China for the BMW Asian Open.

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