Westwood relieved to get Ryder Cup call up

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Lee Westwood has spoken of his relief at receiving a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup from European team captain Paul McGinley.

The Irishman went with Worksop golfer Westwood, Scotland’s Stephen and Englishman Ian Poulter to add to the players who automatically qualified.

For Westwood, a veteran of eight successive Ryder Cup tournaments, the call from McGinley was an honour.

“I’m delighted,” he said.

“The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing in my career and I was delighted to get the call.”

“It was a long day yesterday. Obviously, Paul rang and it was good news, so I breathed a sigh of relief.”

“I’m honoured to be respresenting Europe again.”

Gleneagles will provide Westwood with a ninth opportunity to take on the Americans, and although he didn’t qualify on the strength of his 2014 results automatically, he said he had given McGinley food for thought in recent weeks.

“Paul asked me to show some form and give him a reason to pick me.”

“I think I did that, especially in the Bridgestone final round and the following week at the PGA Championship, where I was leading after the first day.”

“I’ve played a lot better in the last month and a half.”

The bi-annual event begins on 26th September.