Westwood should be fit for Ryder Cup

 

Lee Westwood's wrist injury is not as serious as first thought and the reigning European number one should be fit to take his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team next month.

Westwood pulled out of the NEC Invitational on Friday with severe wrist pain, but a specialist discovered no great damage and the 28-year-old Englishman is expected to make a full recovery after a week away from golf.

Westwood's manager Andrew Chandler said that the player had been practising too much.

"Lee's problem has been found to be repetitive strain injury, caused by all the practice he has done over the last couple of months trying to get his game right," Chandler said today.

"He just needs to rest for a week and he should be alright.

"Thankfully there's no internal damage to the wrist and Lee should be fully fit as long as he rests."

The news ends speculation that Westwood's Ryder Cup place would be taken by the 11th man on the European table, as happened four years ago when Spain's Miguel Martin suffered a serious wrist problem and had to be replaced by compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal.