Westwood Calf Tear Confirmed

Westwood Calf Tear

Westwood Calf Tear

Lee Westwood is battling to be fit for the Open Championship after being diagnosed with a slight tear in his right calf muscle.

The Englishman has been struggling with the problem over the past seven days or so and limped through the French Open last week on his way to finishing 18th at Le Golf National.

Westwood was taken to hospital last Wednesday when an on-course examination raised the fear he might have a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis, but subsequent tests allayed those fears.

But with the problem refusing to subside over the weekend, he pulled out of JP McManus’ Pro-am event in Ireland and underwent an MRI scan on Monday which revealed the tear in his calf.

Westwood is still hopeful of being fit to compete at St Andrews next Thursday, but will be taking no chances over the next ten days.

“He’s been advised complete rest for the rest of the week, but is still very hopeful that everything will be fine,” said management spokesman Martin Hardy.

“He’s been convinced that if everything pans out as expected he will be okay.”

The 37-year-old had planned an early visit to St Andrews later this week, ahead of next Thursday’s opening day, but that has now been cancelled.

Last July, he bogeyed the final hole to lose by a shot at Turnberry and this April he was runner-up in The Masters.