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Westwood fitness worries allayed

Lee Westwood
Westwood will be competing in his sixth Ryder Cup

Lee Westwood's bout of tonsillitis will not prevent him from competing in the Ryder Cup later this month, his agent Chubby Chandler has claimed.

Westwood missed last week's European Open and is also set to sit out the Mercedes-Benz Championship, with the Ryder Cup starting on 19 September.

But Chandler told the Guardian: "Lee is slowly recovering and we are sure it will not affect his chances.

"There is no concern from him or us on that regard."


However, Chandler did admit that his client was "not feeling 100%", prompting the decision to pull out if this week's European Tour event.

And with the Ryder Cup starting next Friday at Valhalla, that could create concerns that Westwood will be going into the biennial event short of recent playing time.

The 35-year-old has won 15 points from his five Ryder Cup appearances and has been Europe's top-scorer alongside Sergio Garcia at the last two events.

If Westwood was to drop out, Germany's Martin Kaymer, who is the next player in the standings, would be called up.

Ryder Cup schedule (All times BST)

Tuesday 16 Sep 1300-2300 Practice rounds

Wednesday 17 1300-2300 Practice rounds

Thursday 18 1300-2000 Final practice round
2100-2215 Opening ceremony

Friday 19 1305 Foursomes 1545 Fourballs

Saturday 20 1305 Foursomes 1745 Fourballs

Sunday 21 1703 Singles start 1904 Last tee time

see also
Ryder Cup explained
16 Sep 08 |  Golf
European Ryder Cup rankings
26 Aug 08 |  Golf

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