Sept. 22-27 Whistling Straits Kohler, Wisconsin
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Hazeltine-Bound: Lee Westwood

Hazeltine-bound: Lee Westwood

As our series of profiles is rounded off with Darren Clarke’s three wildcard selections for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, we take a closer look at double European Number One and nine-time Ryder Cup veteran, Lee Westwood.

Background

Lee Westwood

Career Record

European Tour appearances: 478
European Tour wins: 23
Top ten finishes: 152
Career earnings: €32,772,556

Ryder Cup record

Appearances: 9 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
Matches: 41
Overall record (W-L-H): 20-15-6
Singles: 3-6-0
Foursomes: 9-4-4
Fourballs: 8-5-2
Total points: 23
Point percentage: 56 per cent

Player Profile: Lee Westwood

Ryder Cup highlights

  • Holed the putt that retained The Ryder Cup for Europe during the 18.5-9.5 rout at Oakland Hills in 2004, where he was joint top points scorer in the contest with Sergio Garcia after claiming 4.5 points from five matches
  • Alongside compatriot Luke Donald, beat Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods 6 and 5 in the second session of foursomes at Celtic Manor in 2010 to post the joint second largest margin of victory for Europe in Ryder Cup history
  • Formed a lethal partnership with friend and 2016 Captain Darren Clarke on a number of occasions, winning six points from eight matches when paired with the Northern Irishman

2016 qualification highlights

A captain’s pick for the third time in 2016, after Ian Woosnam gave him a wildcard in 2006 – when he went undefeated, and after Paul McGinley called him up for Gleneagles two years ago – when he contributed two points, his highlights in the last 12 months came with a tied second at the Thailand Golf Championship last winter and a runner-up spot at the Masters Tournament, where he finished second to fellow countryman and stablemate Danny Willett at Augusta. Also claimed top ten finishes at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation and Nordea Masters and a tied 11th place at the 100th Open de France, which carried extra Ryder Cup qualification points this year.

Westwood's form during the points race:

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Credit: USA Today Sports Images

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