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Westwood planning his return

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Lee Westwood looks like he’ll be ready for the Ryder Cup.

That was the word from Europe's Colin Montgomerie when the Ryder Cup captains met the media Wednesday at the PGA Championship.

Westwood withdrew from the PGA Championship this week with a calf muscle injury that’s been bothering him since he hurt it at the French Open the first week of July.

Westwood’s management team told Montgomerie that Westwood plans to begin hitting balls in four weeks, which will give him two weeks to get ready for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales Oct. 1-3.

“Great news for everybody in Europe,” Montgomerie said. “Our Ryder Cup team will be greatly weakened if he didn’t make it.”

Westwood is No. 3 in the world rankings. Montgomerie said Westwood may try to play in the Vivendi Cup the week before the Ryder Cup in his first return to competition.

“I would be glad to see him play there, but, otherwise, if he doesn’t, I’m sure three practice rounds around Celtic Manor will be good enough for Lee,” Montgomerie said.