AKRON, Ohio – Lost in the buzz over yet another miserable day for Tiger Woods is this: It wasn’t much better for the world’s No. 3, either.
In fact, the day was so bad for Lee Westwood and his calf injury that he withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational and will skip next week’s PGA Championship.
“We’re all human. We all have bad days,” Westwood said. Specifically, he had been asked about his playing competitor, Woods, but Westwood could have been referring to himself. After all, bad as he was, Woods shot 72, while Westwood soared to 76.
Both players could point to injuries – Woods a shattered personal life, Westwood a muscle tear in his right leg.
“There’s no strength in it,” the Englishman said. “I don’t have a great deal of confidence in it, and then on the way down I’m finding it hard to hold my weight on it and then push off.”
Though he was in pain last month, Westwood managed to finish second at the British Open. Just don’t interpret that as an indication that things are getting better. To the contrary, “it’s not improving; if anything, it’s getting worse.”
Westwood cares not at all that his chance to possibly move to No. 1 in the world is by the boards for the week. “It’s just unfortunate there’s a major championship (next week).”
At the time, Westwood said he was unsure as to what he’d do, but within 90 minutes he told officials he was withdrawing.
As Westwood talked to reporters, Woods chose another route and declined requests to speak. Then again, the numbers explained why: He hit three fairways, only seven greens and fell into a share of 74th.
Westwood’s withdrawal at the PGA Championship opens the door for first alternate Kevin Sutherland.