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Injury plagues Westwood

World Number One leads in Sun City despite calf problem

Posted Dec 03, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Lee Westwood

World Number One, Lee Westwood, has admitted that he is still being hampered by his long-standing calf problem but he is showing no signs of ill effects at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa at present.
The Nottinghamshire star is currently three shots clear of the rest of the field on 12 under following a superb second round 64 – a score three shots better than anyone else in the field.
This event, previously as exhibition, now attracts some of the world’s best golfers and this year the field boasts Westwood, Ross Fisher, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ernie Els, Edoardo Molinari, Robert Allenby, Tim Clark, Retief Goosen, Anders Hansen, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen.
As Westwood continues to show his class, he is conscious of the injury that struck earlier this season and is hopeful that a rest over the festive period will be just the tonic to clear it up once and for all.
It’s frightening that he has been hampered by this but still made his way to the top of the world rankings, taking over from Tiger Woods a few weeks ago.
He has been forced to sit out several weeks worth of competition and the rustiness caused by this has been evident by his failure to compete and win the Dubai World Championship last week, a tournament he felt he should have taken.
However, with a calf muscle continuing to swell during the rounds, it is difficult for the 37-year-old to play at his best. But in Sun City this week, he is showing that he still has the ability to dominate competitions and I believe next year will be his year to take a major.
Westwood has been the most consistent golfer on the planet over the past two seasons and despite just the one victory this year (so far), I think he is destined to take a major crown at some point in the near future and I will certainly be looking at his odds at The Masters in April next year.
For now, as he controls this tournament, I think it’s definitely his to lose and don’t be surprise if that, in two days, he has his name on the trophy.

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