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Hanson Out Of Seve Trophy
Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano will replace the injured Peter Hanson in the Europe team at this week's Seve Trophy.
Swede Hanson has withdrawn from the biennial contest against GB&I at St-Nom-La Breteche, Paris, due to a back injury.
Hanson said: "I am really disappointed not to be able to play. My back has been an issue for pretty much most of the year and it is still not 100 percent. I have my defence of the BMW Masters in China coming up which is part of the Final Series of the European Tour and I want to be in ideal shape for that full run of tournaments."
Hanson is receiving treatment on a compressed disc. His coach, Torsten Hannson said that an early misdiagnosis has led to the delays in Peter’s recovery.
"We had some wrong information from the start," said Hansson. "I don't blame anybody but the first diagnosis should have been that the disc was compressed to one mm and from that you have to do things like he is doing right now.
"The disc is supposed to be seven mm high, it is the highest and biggest in your whole spine, but Peter's is just one mm because it's been damaged for a long time."
"With the right sort of training he can play top-level golf again. I'm absolutely positive about that."
Fernandez-Castano, who will be making his third appearance in the contest, said: "I really enjoyed the two previous contests I played and it is important to support a tournament with Seve's name on it, not only because of what he did for Spanish golf, but for what he did for the game in Europe and the European Tour as a whole.”
Fernandez-Castano is joined by his fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, Danish duo Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen, Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, Finland's Mikko Ilonen Dutchman Joost Luiten, and the Italian pair of Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari.
They will take on a Britain and Ireland team captained by Sam Torrance and featuring five Englishmen; Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Simon Khan, David Lynn and Chris Wood, four Scotsmen; Stephen Gallacher, Scott Jamieson, Paul Lawrie, and Marc Warren, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.
Ryder Cup format with foursomes and fourballs followed by the singles matches on the final day. Continental Europe won the first contest 13 years ago, while Britain and Ireland have won the last six in succession.
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