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European Ryder Cup team - Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
Country: England
Age: 35
Caps: 5 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006)
Ryder Cup record: W14 L8 H3

Along with Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood has been the top-scoring European at the last two Ryder Cups.

He was given the nod as a wildcard over Thomas Bjorn for the match at the K Club two years ago, for which the Dane lambasted skipper Ian Woosnam as "the most pathetic captain I've ever seen. The man is barmy".

But Westwood was undefeated, winning four points out of a possible five to become the most successful wildcard ever.

Unbeaten in his last 10 games, Westwood will have the chance at Valhalla to beat another record - the 12-match undefeated stretch of Arnold Palmer.

The 35-year-old also knows that, with 15 points to his name already from his five caps, Nick Faldo's points record of 25 is certainly attainable in the future.

"I've looked at the statistics and that is a goal," he says.

Ever since he made his debut as Faldo's partner at Valderrama in 1997 Westwood has played in every single session.

"No wonder I always look tired on the Monday after - nothing to do with the parties," he said.

Westwood's relationship with Faldo runs deeper, as it was his 10-foot putt in the first series of foursomes in 1997 that took the six-time major winner past American Billy Casper as the highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history.

Westwood, European number one in 2000, went through a severe and much-publicised slump soon after but lifted himself for the 2002 Ryder Cup, winning his first three matches with Garcia to put Europe on course for victory.

Since then, Westwood has climbed back up the ladder and the "Worksop Wonder" goes to Valhalla in rude health after a third place at the US Open and a ranking of 12th in the world.

And with the thought of more Ryder Cup points for the taking on his mind.


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