16 Sep 2010

Westwood says he'll be fit for Ryder Cup

5:49 am on 16 September 2010

The world's number three golfer Lee Westwood, who has been sidelined by injury for six weeks, has eased fears over his fitness for next month's Ryder Cup.

A badly swollen right calf and ankle has kept Westwood out since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio in early August.

He plans to compete in a two-day charity event in Scotland early next week before playing 36 holes in one day later in the week to guarantee he can withstand two rounds in a day if called upon by European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.

The Englishman, who has played in the biennial team event against the U.S. on six previous occasions, has seven times finished in the top five at a major championship without achieving a breakthrough victory.

If Westwood is fully fit for the showdown with the U.S. holders at Celtic Manor in Wales from October the 1st, Montgomerie will hope he can be the team's talisman.