Westy expecting tough test

Lee WestwoodLee Westwood is expecting a thorough examination of his game this week as he prepares to tee it up at the Frys.com Open on Thursday (Westwood 40/1 – Outright Winner).

The Englishman was part of Paul McGinley’s victorious European Ryder Cup team that claimed the trophy for the third straight time at Gleneagles just 11 days ago but, after a few days of rest, he is now back in the thick of the action.

The 41-year-old splits his time between the European Tour and the PGA tour and, while he will be focussing on the Race to Dubai in the coming weeks, he is now in California for the first event of the new season stateside.

The Worksop-born veteran is the only member of the European team in the field but there are three of the defeated US side in the line-up, with Matt Kuchar (12/1), Hunter Mahan (20/1) and defending champion Jimmy Walker (14/1) all set for an outing.

There will doubtless be plenty of banter between the players who were involved in the Scotland showpiece but it is serious business for Westwood, who has not enjoyed the best of fortunes in recent months.

The former world number one has not managed a top-10 finish since the Players Championship back in May, with four missed cuts and just one top-20 finish in his last eight events.

His last victory came in the Maybank Malaysian Open back in April and the Florida resident is not expecting an easy ride at Silverado Country Club.

“There’s a lot of tricky holes out there,” he said. “There’s a decent bit of rough and the greens are very quick and severe in places. I think it’s a difficult test.”

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