x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Despite injured leg, Westwood will play 'biggest tournament on the calendar'

A ruptured calf muscle in his right leg that led to severe swelling and a worrying blood clot put Westwood's British Open participation in doubt.

Lee Westwood, Europe's top golfer on the strength of his Dubai World Championship and Race to Dubai double last year, last night declared himself fit to make his latest challenge for an elusive maiden major title. A ruptured calf muscle in his right leg that led to severe swelling and a worrying blood clot put Westwood's British Open participation in doubt. The world No 3 allayed those fears, however. "I've had about seven days doing nothing which is fairly boring and the injury is going to take six to eight weeks to clear if I carry on putting my feet up," he said. "But with the biggest tournament on the calendar approaching I can't afford to do that. I'm feeling fresh and by Thursday I will be ready to go." Those comments will disappoint Westwood's fellow Englishman Brian Davis, who is the first reserve in the 156-man field which was completed by the qualification of Paul Goydos, of the United States. * Agencies