Westwood backs 'experienced' Ryder Cup rookies to come good
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[September 01, 2016]
(Reuters) - Lee Westwood has
advised the six rookies in Europe's Ryder Cup team to brace
themselves for a difficult atmosphere in the United States but
expects the newcomers to draw on their international experience to
flourish in Minnesota.
U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafael
Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan and Matt Fitzpatrick, along with
wildcard pick Thomas Pieters, will all be making their first Ryder
Cup appearances when Europe defends the trophy this month.
"Let's make no bones about it, I think it will be tough. It's
difficult to be a rookie on home soil when you have the crowd
cheering for you," Briton Westwood, making his 10th consecutive
Ryder Cup appearance, told British media.
"But to be a rookie in the States and be up against it, the crowd as
well as the team, it's a little extra. But I look at our rookies and
I see them not as rookies. There's a lot of experience there," the
wildcard pick added.
"I look at a lot of the players' characters and I think they can
take it, they can take a fight and a bit of stick."
Sullivan, who qualified automatically for the 12-man team, is
confident he can help Europe continue their dominance of the event
as they target a ninth win in the last 11 editions.
"I just can't wait to get to Minnesota now and go through all the
emotions and experiences of it all... I'm just thrilled to be on
that team," Sullivan said.
"I've had a couple of missed cuts in the past couple of weeks but
I've worked hard over the weekend and feel like my game is starting
to come together now."
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Lee Westwood tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of
the 2016 PGA Championship golf
tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian
Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Captain Darren Clarke will look to guide Europe to an unprecedented
fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory when the competition starts at
Hazeltine National Golf Club on Sept. 30.
(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by John
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