Lee Westwood pulls out of Bridgestone, PGA Championship

Shane Bacon

It hasn't been a great year for golfers hitting their stride. First, Anthony Kim had to miss time after he went through one of the hottest stretches of his young career, and now Lee Westwood will miss two important tournaments because of injury.

Westwood withdrew from the cut-free Bridgestone Invitational on Friday after he aggravated the calf muscle that had been giving him fits before the British Open. Along with this week's event, Lee, the third-ranked golfer in the world, won't be at the PGA Championship next week, pulling out of that tournament as well.

It's a huge blow for Westwood, who was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. His win at the St. Jude Classic in June was his first victory on the PGA Tour since 1998, and he finished second at the Open Championship, his fourth top three in the last five major championships.

The 37-year-old Englishman was on everyone's short list to not only win this week, but to contend at Whistling Straits. But it looks like he will take the time off to recover in hopes of making it to the Ryder Cup the first weekend of October.

Westwood, who was paired with Tiger at Firestone in the first two rounds, shot 71-76 before deciding to withdraw. This isn't the first time Westwood has had to leave early from this event. In 2006, Lee withdrew after three rounds.