Westwood plays on

7/8/2012 10:31:54 AM
Lee Westwood  (Getty Images)
Lee Westwood (Getty Images)
Lee Westwood was able to play on in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Paris today after hurting his right knee and groin before yesterday’s third round.

The World Number Three slipped as he walked to the tee and looked in danger of pulling out after dropping seven shots in his first six holes, but he battled on to a 76 and made a far better start this morning.

Westwood turned in a level-par 36, then birdied the 383-yard tenth to stand five over par.

Two further birdies and two bogeys on his inward nine saw the Englishman card 70, leaving him 11 behind joint overnight leaders David Howell and Anders Hansen, who were yet to tee off.

Scoring looked set to prove difficult for the final groups, with heavy overnight rain followed by strong winds throughout the morning.