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Westwood allays Open fitness fears

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Lee Westwood insists he will not be restricted by injury at The Open © PA Photos
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Lee Westwood has played down fears over his fitness for this month's Open Championship.

The Brit suffered a double injury blow at the Open de France, first tweaking his groin and then twisting his knee when slipping over prior to the third round.

With The Open beginning at Royal Lytham next week, there were concerns Westwood would struggle to make the field but he is positive his problems are of no real concern.

"I'm fine," he said. "There's no problem. It was a slight strain and it's a lot easier now.

"It won't be a factor when Royal Lytham comes round."

Marcel Siem clinched a one-shot victory at the Open de France and it propelled the German 62 places up the world rankings to 58. The biggest mover in the world ranking was Ted Potter Jr who climbed from 218 to 83 courtesy of his win at the Greenbrier Classic.

The top six in the world rankings remain unchanged, with Jason Dufner - up one place to seven - the only mover in the top ten.

World Rankings: 1. Luke Donald (ENG), 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 3. Lee Westwood (ENG), 4. Tiger Woods (USA), 5. Webb Simpson (USA), 6. Bubba Watson (USA), 7. Jason Dufner (USA), 8. Matt Kuchar (USA), 9. Justin Rose (ENG), 10. Hunter Mahan (USA), 11. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 12. Adam Scott (AUS), 13. Steve Stricker (USA), 14. Martin Kaymer (GER), 15. Dustin Johnson (USA), 16. Phil Mickelson (USA), 17. Zach Johnson (USA), 18. Charl Schwartzel (SAF), 19. Rickie Fowler (USA), 20. Louis Oosthuizen (SAF).

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