Lee Westwood grabs chance to be Ryder Cup vice-captain

Joanna Estrada
May 24, 2018

"I've not been involved in a Ryder Cup where the captain hasn't been thoughtful about what he was going to do and they haven't had a strong team and haven't had a strong backroom team - they've always had that".

Westwood is one of the Europeans' most accomplished Ryder Cup players in history. Confirmation that Lee Westwood and Pádraig Harrington would serve as assistants to the Dane had been widely anticipated and duly arrived.

"You only need to look at the record books to see that their Ryder Cup pedigree speaks for itself", Bjorn said in announcing his vice-captains.

Westwood, who has played in every Ryder Cup since his debut in 1997, said he is "relishing" the role of being a vice-captain.

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McDowell, who holed the winning putt in 2010 and twice won the French Open at Le Golf National, added: "I think all the attention is on the USA momentum, and the fact that they have got the major championships and the world number one". Not with players of course - that will come later - but on Tuesday Bjorn announced the four golfer he has added as vice-captains. "Myself and Thomas have known each other many years and anything I can do to have a bit of input and help, I will gladly do, and it will be nice to see him take on his role as captain and support him as much as I can". "We can't control what the Americans do but we will go and do everything that we can to create that environment where our players can play their best". They have all experienced the feeling of success in the Ryder Cup.

McDowell: "I think my experience at Paris National, the four Ryder Cups I've played, have been the greatest moments of my career". "Having been fortunate to play in the last 10 matches, I am actually looking forward to contributing to Europe's cause in a slightly different way at this year's contest".

"We have a history of having good people in those roles but I'm really, really happy with the people I have in the roles for this [tournament]".

This week's BMW PGA Championship marks the next phase in the qualification process with points earned at European Tour events from Wentworth until Made in Denmark multiplied by 1.5 on both the World Points List and the European Point List.

Europe are attempting to regain the trophy lost at Hazeltine two years ago and Bjorn's newest right-hand men have vast experience with 24 Cup playing appearances between them.

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