Lee Westwood 'honoured' to receive Ryder Cup wildcard

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Lee Westwood has admitted it's 'an honour' to be selected for Team Europe once again after captain Paul McGinley named him as one of three wildcards.

The Yorkshireman was selected alongside Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher - who missed out on automatic selection by just one shot at the weekend - ahead of former world number one Luke Donald.

An honour

And, Westwood is thrilled to represent his continent once again in an event that he describes as a 'massive thing' in his career.

“The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing in my career and I’m honoured to be representing Europe again,” he told his official Facebook page.

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It will be 17 years since Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut alongside Nick Faldo at Valderrama, and he's subsequently been on the winning side in six of his eight consecutive appearances.

Great points record

The big-hitter from Worksop has won 21 points in that time - the most of any player in McGinley's 12-man team ahead of Spanish star Sergio Garcia, who will make his seventh appearance, and the talismanic Poulter.

Young Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy leads the team on the back of two Major victories in 2014, and will be looking to find his best form at Gleneagles as Europe look to defend the trophy once again.

Donald was the major casualty of the wildcards after failing to make the top nine, whilst Francesco Molinari was also in the running but not announced at Wentworth earlier today.

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