Westwood’s next event could be Ryder Cup

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Lee Westwood will next hit a ball in anger at the Ryder Cup – if he’s selected for the European team.

With automatic qualification now impossible for the Worksop golfer, a veteran of eight Ryder Cups, he’s relying on a wildcard pick from captain Paul McGinley.

When asked about his schedule on Sunday he replied: “Off until the Ryder Cup. After that, I don’t know,” perhaps hinting that he’s already been assured of a place for the Gleneagles battle with America.

Westwood, who finished tied for 57th at The Barclays last week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey, and the rest of the golfing world will discover his fate after the weekend.

Eight of McGinley’s nine automatic qualifiers are known, and the last one will be Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher if he finishes in the top two at the Italian Open on Sunday.

Otherwise Graeme McDowell will occupy that slot.

Ian Poulter and Luke Donald have also failed to qualify, leaving McGinley with some tough choices to make for his three wildcard picks.

Westwood was even par for last weekend’s event, part of the FedEx Cup Play-offs, and won $17,840 in prize money.