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Lee Westwood of Europe during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 14 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Lee Westwood of Europe during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 14 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Westwood Pinpoints the Foursomes Secrets


September 15, 2004

One of the most intriguing parts of any Ryder Cup are the two foursomes sessions, which this year will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and England's Lee Westwood gave an insight into how the format should be approached.

The 31 year old, who became a father for the second time on September 5 when wife Laurae presented him with a daughter Poppy Grace, revealed that he had very strong ideas about what would make a good foursomes partnership.

"I think first and foremost on this golf course, you have to figure out who is the better iron player," he said. "The par threes are all odd numbers so, in my mind, the better driver of the ball would take the even numbers and the good iron player would take the odd numbers.

"Also you have to really get on with your partner well enough that you don't care where you hit it if you hit a bad shot.

"There is nothing worse than playing with somebody and hitting a bad shot and saying, 'Sorry about that.' There's
no room for that in foursomes golf, you have to get on with it and try to get up and down from wherever it's finished and then just brush it off.

"But the main thing about foursomes golf is not to give holes away. If you try not to give holes away and not make any bogeys, then normally two or three under is good enough to win the match."

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