Westwood allays Open fears
World No.3 confident he'll be fit to compete at Lytham
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: July 11, 2012 2:27pm
Lee Westwood insists he is confident of being fit for the Open Championship despite injuring himself at the French Open last weekend.
The Englishman tweaked a knee and strained his groin when he slipped walking to the first at Le Golf National before the third round in Paris.
He would go on to shoot a 76 after his fall as he dropped out of contention at the tournament and there had been fears his injuries could prevent him for competing at the season's third major.
But Westwood, who will be resting rather than playing at this week's Scottish Open, feels he will be ready to compete at Royal Lytham a week on Thursday as he once again looks to secure that elusive first major title.
"It's not the only place that it rains, England, it rains in France as well and I had a little slip last Saturday walking to the first tee and just strained my groin a little bit and hurt my knee," he told Sky Sports News HD.
"But it seems to have worn off and I've played my way through it and should be okay for The Open next week.
"It's never good to be injured, but especially when there's something big coming up and it's right in the middle of the season like The Open.
"It happened two years ago when I injured my leg and I couldn't play for most of August and September and picked it up again at the Ryder Cup.
"So you never want injuries but occasionally silly things happen and you just have to get on with it."
Westwood insists he is happy with form this season and feels his consistency in the majors bodes well for Lytham.
"I'm pleased with the way I've played this year, I've won a couple of times, played well at the major championships - third at the Masters and tenth at the US Open - so I keep getting myself into contention and I'm looking forward to next week and trying to get into contention there," he added.