Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Lee Westwood grabs chance to be Ryder Cup vice-captain

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald named among European Ryder Cup Vice-Captains Lee Westwood grabs chance to be Ryder Cup vice-captain
Patty Aguilar | 24 May, 2018, 16:59

It was billed as a "Big Announcement" and Thomas Bjorn delivered on that promise with the unveiling of four new Vice Captains for the Ryder Cup.

Lee Westwood "jumped at the chance" to be a vice-captain in this year's Ryder Cup, even though it nearly certainly signals an end to his remarkable playing record in the contest.

"We all know the teams are so well balanced these days that the captain can make all the difference, and he needs all the support he can get".

"I am honoured to have been selected by Thomas to be one of what I think is a pretty impressive quintet of vice-captains", said Westwood.

Harrington has been a vice-captain twice, while McDowell, who claimed the winning point in 2010, and Donald will be performing the role for the first time.

"I am delighted to have been asked to be part of Thomas' team of Vice Captains", he said. "I'm just excited to take on a slightly different view of things, and obviously help the 12 players be as ready as they possibly can to regain this trophy that we all care so much about".

European Captain Thomas Bjørn has named Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood as Vice Captains for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Lee Westwood grabs chance to be Ryder Cup vice-captain

The best golfers from Europe and the United States will descend on Le Golf National in France to determine who will win the sport's premier team competition. But to be involved with it is very special as well and something I want to do.

I know that I can contribute a huge amount to the team this year given my experience at the venue and appearances in past Ryder Cups.

'Playing in a Ryder Cup is very special.

The Ryder Cup is unlike any other tournament in golf and the atmosphere is something that every golf fan should experience.

Bjorn said the primary quality of any vice-captain is to 'check your ego at the locker room door, ' and both certainly did a good job of that when officially unveiled on Tuesday, given they're two of the youngest deputies in Ryder Cup history. 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.

And although the Edinburgh-based 45-year-old and his fellow vice-captains could still qualify to face the United States at Le Golf National in Paris from 28-30 September, Westwood (117th) is the only one of the five now ranked inside the world's top 200.

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