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September 12 2013

7:45 PM

Bubble-boy Westwood in pain

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lee Westwood entered this week's BMW Championship directly on the bubble. Ranked 30th in FedExCup points, he would be the last man to qualify for next week's FedExCup Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, if he can maintain that position.

But the bubble boy wasn't feeling particularly bubbly on Thursday. Suffering from what he described as a "stiff back, bad neck and sore rib," Westwood shot a 9-over 80 in Thursday's first round and is next to last on the scoreboard.

Afterward, during a brief chat with reporters, he could barely turn his neck. He was on his way to see a doctor in hopes of finding a way that will allow him to continue playing this week.

"I hope to keep going," he said. 

Westwood arrived at Conway Farms this week suffering from the injury problems. He spent part of his practice time working with his swing coach, Sean Foley.

"We were looking for ways to swing around the injuries," Westwood said. "Obviously I want to play in the TOUR Championship so thought I'd give it a go."

As he left the scoring area, Westwood -- now projected to fall to 41st in points, which would keep him out of East Lake -- didn't look so good.

"I'm in pain," he said. "I feel sick."

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