Lee Westwood interview: Ryder Cup victory is never boring

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After Team Europe's excellent 16.5-11.5 victory over Team America in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Lee Westwood spoke exclusively to GiveMeSport about his latest success in the competition.

The man from Worksop justified his selection with two wins in the foursomes alongside Jamie Donaldson, and insisted that winning the greatest prize in team golf certainly isn't boring - even if it's for the seventh time in nine attempts.

"Winning the Ryder Cup is anything but boring, believe me," he told GiveMeSport.

Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 at the age of 24, when he partnered fellow Englishman Nick Faldo in both sets of fourballs and foursomes. And, condemning Team USA to their third consecutive defeat feels just as good as all those times before.

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"It's strange, but they are all unique because of different things that have happened," he added.

"I've had a few sore heads to prove it!"

Celebrations went on into the early hours of Sunday night, with Westwood leaving a number of Instagram posts the following morning to give a hint of the damage.

A picture of a large full English breakfast - presumably in an attempt to cure the hangover - and a picture of him in the back of a car, hiding his tired eyes with sunglasses, were particular highlights.

At 41-years-old, Westwood is one of the more senior players in the team, and says that he will never forget his first ever Ryder Cup victory.

"The first one is always the most memorable," he muses.

Nothing to prove

Being selected for one of the world's biggest and oldest golf tournaments must be a dream for any aspiring pro-golfer, but particularly at the age of just 24, and having the opportunity to partner a golfing legend like Faldo.

However, despite being chosen as one of captain Paul McGinley's wildcards, Westwood was adamant he did not feel he had a point to prove at Gleneagles.

"Paul said to me before the Ryder Cup that he wanted to see something from me and I obviously showed him what I could do at Firestone and the U.S. PGA" he concludes.


At the Bridgestone Invitational, Westwood went into the final round on +3 before hitting seven birdies to finish on four under. It wasn't enough to challenge the winner, Rory McIlroy, who won with a score of -15, but it showed that he was able to fight back after three previously disappointing rounds.

Westwood is regarded as one of the best golfers to have never won a major and after his seventh team win with Europe, he will most definitely be focusing on trying to alter that in The Masters at Augusta, next April.

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