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Truth and Rumors: Lee Westwood doubtful for St. Andrews

Lee Westwood, the world's No. 3 ranked golfer, is apparently struggling with a leg injury that very well might take him out of the field at this month's British Open at St. Andrews. Westwood, who has yet to win a major championship, was expected to be a serious contender at this year's Open Championship, but according to a Reuters report, his doctor told him he needs a rest. As a result, Westwood has pulled out of JP McManus pro-am in Ireland.

"He's got a slight tear in the muscle close to his calf in his right leg and he's been told by his doctor to have complete rest this week," said Martin Hardy, a spokesman for Westwood's management team. "He was going to go to St Andrews for a practice round on Thursday but he has now cancelled that and will be going there next Monday. Lee is hopeful (of playing) but they just have to monitor the injury and see how it progresses over the next week."
Westwood's presence in the majors has been significant in recent years -- he finished 3rd in the '08 US Open, T-3 in the '09 British Open and PGA Championship, and finished 2nd at this year's Masters. Tiger "terse" with media in Ireland It appears that Tiger's attempt to improve his relationship with the media has stalled, as indicated by his behavior at a press conference in Ireland today. According to SkySPORTS, Woods answered questions with a mixture of silence and "staccato," at the JP McManus charity event at Adare Manor.
When asked if off-course transgressions had been worthwhile, considering the current state of his game and family life, Tiger responded, "I think you are reading too deep into this." Later, when asked if it was possible for him to concentrate solely on golf, Tiger sat silent. Finally, after a journalist questioned why he was flying home instead of going to Scotland to prepare for the upcoming British Open at St. Andrews, Tiger answered abruptly, "to see my kids."
Later, Tiger admitted that the game of golf seems a bit less important than it once did, in light of his current situation.
"Golf is something that I've done for a very long time and there are times in one's life when things are put in perspective; one being my past and what I've been going through lately."
Chris Evert says best thing about Greg Norman was his parents The Telegraph reports that former tennis star Chris Evert recently made her first comments on her divorce from Greg Norman, saying she felt, "hurt, anger, and shame."
"I had no idea it was coming. No idea, it wasn't talked about, ever. Never in a million years did I imagine it would end up like this."
When asked if she missed Norman after the end of their 18-month marriage, Event commented, "I also really miss Greg's parents. The best part about him are his parents."
The former couples' $2 million wedding in the Bahamas was attending by various celebrities including Bill Clinton, Chevy Chase, Martina Navratilova and Gwen Stefani.

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by Kevin Cunningham