Sports Lee Westwood could break multiple Ryder Cup records in his 11th appearance
Young, stacked US team faces familiar battle in Ryder Cup
The Americans would seem to have a lot in their favor at the Ryder Cup. They are on home soil at Whistling Straits along the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan. A full house is expected, along with louder than usual cheering for the Stars & Stripes because of COVID-19 travel restrictions for European-based fans. As for the players? Younger than ever, to be sure, but no less stacked. The Americans have eight of the top 10 in the world ranking — Europe only has Jon Rahm at No. 1 — on a team that has won twice as many majors. This is nothing new, of course. With one exception, the Americans always bring a better collection of players to the Ryder Cup.
At the 43rd Ryder Cup this weekend, Team Europe’s Lee Westwood will be making his 11th appearance, tied for the most Ryder Cup appearances in history with Nick Faldo.
Westwood’s first appearance dates back to 1997 when he was a rookie — this happened to be Tiger Woods’ rookie year as well. Coincidentally, Westwood partnered with Faldo that week.
The Englishman held the No. 1 world ranking spot back in 2010, replacing Tiger Woods from that title.
Lee Westwood's first Ryder Cup appearance was in 1997 (where Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Jim Furyk were also rookies).
This will be his 11th RC
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Tiger Woods won’t be at Whistling Straits this week, for obvious reasons. Phil Mickelson will, but for the first time since 1995 won’t hit a shot in the Ryder Cup. The storyline in the Ryder Cup hasn’t changed, but the marquee players have — at least when it comes to the beleaguered U.S. team. Woods is still mending from a car accident, while Mickelson will end a streak of 12 straight Ryder Cups as a player to be a non-playing assistant captain for a team tasked with wrestling the cup back from Europe. That may prove a bit of a disappointment for the tens of thousands who will swarm the rugged course on the edge of Lake Michigan to scream for the home team.— Chantel McCabe (@chantel_mccabe)
The 48-year-old has anof 20-18-6 and has played on seven winning Ryder Cup Team Europe squads. While Westwood automatically tied the most appearances record, this isn’t he’s catching up to this week.
Westwood currently has the third-most points in Ryder Cup history with 23, behind Sergio Garcia (25.5) and Faldo (25). Garcia is playing again this year, so this record might be tough for Westwood to surpass, but it’s not impossible.
Westwood (44) and Garcia (41) are in the top three most matches played behind none other than Faldo (46). Westwood has a very good chance of breaking this record.
And, yet again, another battle between Westwood and Garcia for the most foursome matches played. Westwood is tied for the most (18) with Faldo and Bernhard Langer, with Garcia in a close second at 17. With fourball, Westwood is at 16 with Garcia at 15, and the record is held by Faldo at 17. This is what happens when you’ve appeared on Ryder Cup teams since the late 1990s.
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Westwood has a lesser chance of breaking the most matches won record with only 20, as Garcia has 22 behind Faldo’s 23.
Lee Westwood, when asked why he's been a fixture on the European Ryder Cup team:
"I'm a pretty good golfer."— Golfweek (@golfweek)
To sum it up, there’s a lot of weight on the shoulders of Westwood and Garcia heading into this week. The craziest part about Westwood’s appearance this weekend is that in 2018, he acted as a vice-captain instead of a player.
Westwood spoke withabout his unexpected return to the team and about what his future with the Ryder Cup holds.
“It wasn’t a goal [to make the team] and it was never front and foremost in my mind,” Westwood said. “I was looking more to a future of doing a captaincy somewhere down the line. I’m proud that I still work hard enough to play at that level because you don’t get many 48-year-olds doing that.”
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Lee Westwood speaking on behalf of middle-aged men everywhere: "I'm not old, I'm 48... Can we use the word mature? No, actually mature doesn't apply to me, either."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN)
Westwood finished the season with two second place finishes, including at the Players Championship. He also tied for third at the 2020 U.S. Open. He finished the year ranked number 50 in FedEx points.
While his stats were basic for a professional golfer, his performances were strong enough to make this year’s team. So, in a year where he thought he’d be working towards becoming the team captain in the future, he instead hits the links again.
“I will have to sit down after this Ryder Cup and have a good think about what I want to do over the next couple of years,” Westwood said. “Do I want to put my name forward for Rome [in 2023] or have another crack at playing? I don’t think at my age you can do both. It’s a full-on job and there’s not enough time in the day to be a captain and concentrate on your own game as well.”
Team Europe’s veteran status is quite the contrast to Team USA, which currently has six rookies starting this year.
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