Guardian at Gleneagles: Westwood all smiles after foursomes win

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Lee Westwood said he and rookie Jamie Donaldson enjoyed themselves from start to finish at Gleneagles this afternoon.

The European pair added a point as their team took a 5-3 lead going into the second day of play in the 40th Ryder Cup.

Worksop’s Westwood and Welshman Donaldson gelled well, on their way to a two hole victory over Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar.

The 41-year-old veteran of nine Ryder Cups said: “We’ve got ourselves into a good position, we had a great session.”

“It was fun out there, we’re trying to have as much fun as we can out there.”

“Jamie and I were pretty much smiling all the way around – when you play good golf it makes you happy.”

“When you’ve played a few it’s fun to watch somebody who is making their debut take to it so well. I had no doubts that he would, really.”

Although the afternoon saw Westwood land his 22nd Ryder Cup point, the morning saw him sitting out.

But he insisted it wasn’t a problem for him and he was happy to contribute in the second session.

“(It was) not tough at all. Paul made very aware of the role I’m going to play and when he wants me to play.”

“Having a lie in was a new thing for me, it was nice.”

“We’ve got a really strong side of 12 and somebody is going to have to sit out. We tried to do our bit when called upon this afternoon.”

And he lauded the work European captain Paul McGinley has done to galvanise the host team as they look to retain the Ryder Cup.

“We’ve always been a tight unit and bonded well,” he said.

“Paul is doing a good job, he’s picked ex captains’ brains and Sir Alex Ferguson with regard to pulling people together in a team.”