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Olazabal set to return for Open

Jose Maria Olazabal looks set to recover from his broken hand in time for the Open championship starting at Carnoustie in 16 days' time.

Olazabal, who suffered the injury banging his fist against a hotel bedroom room after a first-round 75 at the US Open two weeks ago, has been told he can start practising again this weekend.

The Masters champion broke the fifth metarcarpal of his right hand and was told it could take anything from three to five weeks to heal fully. At the time the Open was four weeks away.

Now the plaster has been removed, and Olazabal has started exercising the hand in between wearing a protective guard just to avoid knocking it.

"He needs a boxing lesson," said manager Sergio Gomez.

"But everything is progressing well, and we plan to be at Carnoustie on the Sunday before the championship."