Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Big-name trio in action at Crans

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy head back to business after their post-USPGA Championship time off at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland this week.

The event - the first in the year-long race for places in Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup side - will mark the return to tour action for the big-name trio as they tee-off in Crans.

McIlroy in particular wants to start moving in the right direction again after slipping from third to sixth in the world rankings since his victory in Washington, saying: "I think if I win I can get back up to third, so that's a nice little goal for me."

He has needed the last two weeks off after playing that shot - that "stupid" shot, as he now admits himself - against a tree root at the USPGA Championship.

"The wrist is fine and the elbow's nothing really, but going up into the shoulder there's a little bit of sensation," McIlroy told European Tour radio.

"I hit balls three times last week and it was about as much as could do, but I'm ready to go."

Meanwhile, Westwood flew to Barbados during his break after the disappointment of seeing the USPGA slip away.

The world number two's eighth place in Atlanta was his seventh top-10 in his last 10 tournaments, but he now has to wait until next April for his next chance to break his major duck.

"There's still a lot of big tournaments coming up," said Westwood. "I know Luke (Donald) is a long way in front in the Race to Dubai, but we should try to put the pressure on."

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