Westy’s calf muscle playing up again

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The recurrence of a calf injury may end Lee Westwood’s bid to replace Tiger Woods as World No 1 this week.

A concerned Lee Westwood suffered a recurrence of his calf injury in Thursday’s opening round of the Alred Dumhill Links Championship that may end his bid to replace Tiger Woods as world number onen this week.
Three days after enjoying another Ryder Cup victory, Westwood hurt himself a third of the way into the round at Kingbarns, which, along with Carnoustie and the Old Course at St Andrews, is one of the three courses being use for this celebrity pro-am event.
The 37-year-old battled on to score a two-under-par 70, only four off the lead, but immediately went off for treatment and to consult his physical trainer Steve McGregor on the telephone.
“I felt it coming off the seventh tee,” said Westwood, who will end Woods’s reign with a first or second place finish on Sunday.
“It was a really steep downslope and it’s really aching now like I’m doing too much too soon.”
The Ryder Cup was Westwood’s first competitive golf since August 6 because of the problem and he added: “Playing two weeks in a row was probably too much in hindsight.
“I should have gone back to rehab. I’m going to go and get treatment and see how it is, but I don’t want to get back to where it was.
“It improved a lot, but it’s still not right.
“I can’t load my right side. I just want to get off it as quickly as possible.

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