With the Ryder Cup just over two weeks away now, European fans are being left to bite their fingernails in worry as their top golfer continues his bid to overcome the injury that has prevented him from taking part in recent tournaments.
With Lee Westwood widely perceived as a crucial player for the European team, captain Colin Montgomerie knows that his failure to recover from injury just yet is likely to leave European nerves more frayed than he would want them to be in the build-up to the competition.
Recent reports from those who Bet on Ryder Cup action have suggested that the fitness of the golfer ranked number three in the current world rankings is an unknown quantity to Monty and his vice captains, although Westwood is said to be hopeful that the leg injury which has kept him out of competitive action for more than a month is close to healing.
Should he fail to recover from injury, the most likely losers in the scenario will be the fans planning to travel to Celtic Manor. With world number one Tiger Woods playing at nothing like his best, and perennial world number two Phil Mickelson often finding himself unable to produce his best golf this year, fans will potentially be forced to watch a tournament that is fought between players who may normally have been considered the also rans of the golfing world.
However, with Westwood desperate to return from injury to take part in an event that is likely to be a highly successful one for the European team, it would take a brave man to argue that he is not going to make it back in time for the tee off.
Should he fail to do just that, though, European fans and Ryder Cup Betting pundits will surely be consoling themselves with the knowledge that his likely replacement, Paul Casey, is a man with a point to prove having missed out on the initial captain’s picks this time.