Is ‘general’ Westwood Europe’s Mr. Ryder Cup?

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CHASKA, Minn. — It’s a satisfactory gamble that many people would name Ian Poulter as a actor who best embodies Europe’s Ryder Cup spirit, if they were asked.

He’s a male with a prominent eyes, a standout celebrations, a 72 percent points-won record — a male they have started to call The Postman since he has delivered so often.

Poulter is a honourable star of Team Europe after 5 considerable appearances as a player, that’s for sure, and he could have a large purpose to play in Minnesota as a clamp captain after damage took him out of quarrel in a personification capacity.

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  • But could there be a box for giving longevity some-more credit, for a less-showy actor who has consistently finished a organisation and cumulative a trophy? Could there be a box for Lee Westwood being Europe’s Mr. Ryder Cup?

    The former universe No. 1 has headed to Hazeltine for his 10th uninterrupted coming this week and has an eighth success in his sights.

    He has already been on a winning side for Europe some-more times than any other actor for that organisation or a predecessor, Great Britain and Ireland.

    Behind Westwood’s 7 successes, with maintaining a prize counted as a win, are Bernhard Langer (six), Colin Montgomerie (five), Ian Woosnam (five), Sergio Garcia (five) and Nick Faldo (five) — who finished a record 11 appearances in a competition.

    It’s utterly a list, and holding home a prize from Minnesota would put Westwood, whose miss of a vital pretension has been cited so often, corner tip of a all-time wins list with America’s Billy Casper, who finished his career a personality of 51 PGA tournaments.

    “It would be good to be on another winning team,” Westwood told ESPN. “I’m not certain anybody [else] will have been on 7 winning [European] teams. And there are particular annals to demeanour at, as well. I’d like to get past Nick Faldo’s total.”

    Westwood needs customarily 2½ points to explain Faldo’s European record as a competition’s tip scorer, and 4 particular victories would put him tip of a all-time list for that benchmark, as well.

    The former feat would approaching be distinguished with “a potion of champagne and parcel of preserved onion Monster Munch [crisps],” yet after scarcely 20 years of personification knowledge in a Ryder Cup, he pronounced a team’s success is some-more critical to him.

    There can’t be many that Westwood doesn’t know or hasn’t gifted during a Ryder Cup — a foe he loves for a “emotion and needle”; a atmosphere he compares to that of a soccer compare — and that could be useful with 6 rookies on Europe’s 12-man team.

    Strategy, traffic with pressure, doing a atmosphere and creation pairings work are all among his strengths; his spiny comments about Tiger Woods and Davis Love III final week to ESPN were doubtful to have been finished yet carrying been suspicion through.

    No consternation Darren Clarke, who finished Westwood one of his captain’s picks, has called his aged crony his general, a personality who has been there and finished it.

    “I remember examination it [the Ryder Cup] on TV from The Belfry in 1985, examination Sam [Torrance] hole a winning putt,” Westwood said. “I went in 1989 and 1993 too, and we don’t even have to be into golf to be grabbed by it. That is a good thing — it draws non-golfers in.

    “The Ryder Cup is unequivocally adult there. It’s been a large partial of my career.”

    Westwood’s Ryder Cup memories

    Valderrama, 1997

    (Europe 14½ – USA 13½)

    “My memories of this initial one are all good. Seve [Ballesteros'] captaincy, Faldo as a partner, personification flattering well, being in a organisation of people I’d grown adult idolising. we was a bit starstruck in a way. It was customarily my fourth year on a European Tour, and we had my use turn with Faldo, Langer, Monty [Montgomerie], Woosie [Woosnam], and Seve was there display me how to play pretence shots. It was somewhat surreal.”

    Brookline, 1999

    (USA 14½ – Europe 13½)

    “That was a initial one we played in a United States, so we unequivocally didn’t know what to design from a crowd. It was a large course, and we played good a initial integrate of days, yet not on a Sunday. It was still a good week with some good memories yet a wrong result. we had a good partnership with Clarke, Mark James was a good captain, with a good clarity of humour, and we remember a ferocity of a throng was some-more than we expected.

    “I didn’t unequivocally get anything from a throng we couldn’t hoop though. I’m that kind of character: Not a lot bothers me, and we don’t mind a bit of banter. There are certain players who, if a moth flaps a wings 5 fields away, they start again. That doesn’t work so good during a Ryder Cup when people are shouting.”

    The Belfry, 2002

    (Europe 15½ – USA 12½)

    “The foe had been put off a year since of 9/11, and it was a initial time we had played in a Ryder Cup in a UK. The Belfry was customarily an hour and 20 mins from where we lived, so there was a lot of home support. we remember a crowds were fantastic; they always are during a Ryder Cup. Myself and Sergio [Garcia] losing opposite Tiger and Love was sickening, yet Phil Price violence Phil Mickelson was a good moment.

    “The celebrations were flattering good too — they routinely are. They went all night and we consider a integrate of players were held in a stands on a 18th immature thereafter with drink in their hands during about 5 a.m. The celebrations hang with you; there was a good atmosphere in a bar, all a throng were in there and they got right into it — a lot of singing. we was substantially a inciter of that. we remember Phil Price being there saying, ‘Tell ‘em who we beat, tell ‘em who we beat.’”

    Oakland Hills, 2004

    (Europe 18½ – USA 9½)

    “We had a good organisation and were utterly confident. we partnered with Sergio [Garcia] and Darren that week. we remember me and Darren violence Phil and Tiger. We were 3 down after 4 and indispensable something on a last. we holed a putt from 5 or 6 feet on a final to safeguard that Europe defended it, that was one of my improved memories. Langer’s captaincy was good: how thorough, prudent he was in his planning.”

    The K Club, 2006

    (Europe 18½ -USA 9½)

    “Darren’s mother had died a few weeks before, and me and him were a dual wild-card picks. We both had good annals during a K Club and knew a approach around. There was a lot of home support for Darren, and a Irish people — good during removing behind a organisation — were brilliant. That was a many romantic one, apparently for a wrong reasons, generally on a initial morning on a initial tee. Darren did a unusual pursuit pulling himself together with what contingency have been going by his mind. we consider it finished it easier for him personification with me. You know with that arrange of loyalty when to speak and when not to.”

    Valhalla, 2008

    (USA 16½ – Europe 11½)

    “I don’t remember too many high points from that week. we was dominant a initial day, removing dual halves, that tied me with Arnold Palmer‘s record of going 12 games in a quarrel undefeated, yet that was substantially a high point. I’ve customarily been on a losing side twice, and it hurts for a while. You try to get on with a rest of a year and put it out of your mind. we didn’t go prolonged after that before we played another tournament.”

    Celtic Manor, 2010

    (Europe 14½ – USA 13½)

    “It was really soppy and went into a Monday, yet that was another good organisation performance. We had a good team, and we finished a good partnership with Luke Donald. We won 7 and 6, violence Tiger and Steve Stricker on one of a days. Graeme McDowell holing a putt on a 16th and us winning on a 17th sticks in my mind. It looked like it was slipping divided from us during one theatre and there isn’t customarily too many in it. A integrate of times we have won by a lot, yet routinely a pivotal moments are during a Sunday when somebody gets a movement or turns a diversion around.”

    Medinah, 2012

    (Europe 14½ – USA 13½)

    “This has to be my favourite Ryder Cup, and a implausible last-day opening by everybody stands out. Ian [Poulter] gave us a bit of movement on a Saturday night, yet we were still 10-6 down with a lot to do. The lads went out early and put a lot of blue on a house and everybody else corroborated it up. To come behind like that divided from home was amazing.

    “There was utterly a certain opinion in a organisation room on Saturday night. Even yet we were down, when a pull came out we all fanciful a demeanour of a matches. We suspicion maybe we could put them underneath a bit of vigour and it competence get a home fans a bit nervy, send to a players. It was a certainty we had in ourselves. There were dual or 3 of us in a organisation room who had played in Boston in 1999 and seen what happened when a American organisation got on hurl there from 10-6 down. We figured: Why couldn’t a Europeans do it?”

    Gleneagles, 2014

    (Europe 16½ – USA 11½)

    “The throng was good again, and we felt utterly assured all a approach through. Paul McGinley‘s captaincy was glorious and lonesome flattering many everything. Paul had finished utterly a bit of stats work and a satisfactory bit on motivational stuff, so we were all flattering dismissed up. Sir Alex Ferguson came in a organisation room and gave us a small chat, yet Paul and a clamp captains and myself and Ian [Poulter], we all gave a speak that helped.

    “I got Seve’s points sum record in this one, that was a bit of a milestone, and it was a good opening by all a lads on a final day. There had been a good quip from Graeme McDowell during a tip of a sequence after being down opposite Jordan Spieth gave us good momentum, and it was a good shot by Jamie Donaldson to win. we was personification a organisation behind him, and a throng went nuts.”

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