Colin Montgomerie has warned England’s Lee Westwood to face a backlash from Tiger Woods when he takes away his position as the world’s number one golfer.

Westwood, 37, starred in Europe’s victory over America in the Ryder Cup and is now projected to take over the top spot in the Official World Rankings when

the world’s leading players arrive in Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC

Champions in the first week of November.

The Worksop golfer is now resting his injured calfand with Woods not scheduled to play before China either, Westwood

will overtake the 14-time Major winner by virtue of losing fewer points

from the back end of the two-year period that the standings are

calculated from.

Montgomerie, at a HSBC Charity Golf Day in Hong Kong to raise money for the children’s charity UNICEF, said: “He won’t like being number two at anything and he’ll come out fighting,

which is great for the tournament, fantastic for the event.

“Knowing Tiger as I

do he’ll probably go out and win the HSBC World Golf event, you’ve got

to think that.

“When he’s spurred on like that there’s nobody better. I

think it’s great for the tournament, great for the tournament, having

to have Woods win. I think he won’t be far away from doing so, but it’s a

great, great, strong field again.”

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