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Europe lynchpin Westwood fit for Ryder Cup

Lee Westwood is fit for the Ryder Cup after suffering a calf injury in June at the French Open.
Lee Westwood is fit for the Ryder Cup after suffering a calf injury in June at the French Open.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Europe lynchpin Lee Westwood declares himself fit for the Ryder Cup
  • The Englishman injured his calf at the French Open in June
  • The Ryder Cup is set to begin on October 1 at Celtic Manor
  • Tiger Woods will be playing for United States as a captain's pick

(CNN) -- Lee Westwood has given Europe a boost by declaring himself fit for next month's Ryder Cup showdown with the United States in Wales.

The world number three had been a doubt for the Celtic Manor showdown, having aggravated a calf injury he initially picked up at the French Open in June.

But the 37-year-old, who is Europe's highest-ranked golfer, said he has already contacted team captain Colin Montgomerie to assure him of his participation.

Westwood told his official website: "I have texted Monty to say 'Everything is going to be fine and I will be ready.

"You won't need to take a 13th man to Celtic Manor."

You won't need to take a 13th man to Celtic Manor.
--Lee Westwood
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Speaking positively about his fitness, he told Sky Sports News: "Well if the Ryder Cup was this week I'd be playing, so that's good news, but I'm just trying to edge my way into it gradually.

"I don't want any flare-ups, I'm still cautious about it, but I've no problem with it now -- no pain for about three or four weeks."

Westwood will be playing in his seventh Ryder Cup match, and he is confident Europe can regain the trophy after their defeat at the Valhalla Golf Club, Kentucky in 2008.

"The team are very confident, we all seem to be playing well," he said.

"I like the structure of the team, the partnerships are there that look to be forming fairly easily. In our team I think we've got a good blend of rookies and experienced players.

"There's a lot of experience in the vice-captains and the captain as well, Monty's played eight and the other captains have played a good few between them."

The biennial matchplay tournament will get underway on October 1 with three days of fourball, foursomes and singles play.

The United States, captained by Corey Pavin, boast the top two players in the world rankings in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but Europe with home advantage, are the favorites with bookmakers.