Chris Wood defends Sully World Cup pick

Chris Wood

• Fallout from Lee Westwood’s non-selection continues
• “It had nothing to do with me,” said Chris Wood
• Wood picked Andy Sullivan after Danny Willett withdrew


Chris Wood didn’t speak to Lee Westwood at the DP World Tour Championship as the fallout from his World Cup non-selection continues to simmer.

Westwood had his flights booked months in advance and was all set to head Down Under after adjusting his schedule accordingly, only to be bumped out following Danny Willett’s decision to withdraw.

“It had nothing to do with me” – Chris Wood

That gave the next highest-ranked player, Wood, the opportunity to pick Andy Sullivan for the tournament, leaving the 43-year-old less than impressed.

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But Wood, who won the BMW PGA Championship in May, argued that there was no issue when Willett overlooked the likes of him, Sullivan and Tyrrell Hatton – despite the trio being ranked higher than Westwood.

“I can understand Lee’s frustration, but it was Dan that pulled out which affected him,” Wood told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It had nothing to do with me.

“I’m sure it will blow over” – Chris Wood

“Dan got the choice to pick two or three months ago and he looked past the likes of myself, Sully, Fitz [Matt Fitzpatrick] and Tyrrell Hatton to go to pick Lee. I’m sure all of us felt a little bit frustrated by that. But nothing was made of it.

“At that point I was the next guy in line and when I had gone down the rankings Sully was the guy behind me. That was the right way to do it I felt.

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Lee Westwood

“I’m sure it will blow over. I wouldn’t have thought it would be an issue.”

Willett apologised to Westwood for costing him his place in the event, but that didn’t stop the Englishman venting ahead of last week’s season-ender in Dubai.

“Frustrated would be one word you could use to describe how I feel about it” – Lee Westwood

“I haven’t spoken to Woody yet, but frustrated would be one word you could use to describe how I feel about it,” he told The Sun.

“It’s not great when it all happens at the last minute, especially as I’d geared all my end of season plans around playing in the World Cup.”

Chris Wood & the World Cup fallout

Do you think Lee Westwood has a right to be disappointed with Chris Wood about his World Cup non-selection? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Alan Gilchrist

    November 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    It’s laughable for Westwood to complain about not getting a pick for any team after his abysmal showing at the Ryder Cup. Hopefully he spends the week off practicing his putting.

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    James Taylor Turnbull

    November 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Lee Westwood is past his best, good luck to Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood, but I will be supporting Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart for Scotland,

  3. David

    November 22, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Sorry move out lee

  4. ThomasRyan

    November 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Can’t believe he didn’t pick Nick Faldo

  5. Julian Perera

    November 23, 2016 at 7:35 am

    This is fair comment. It should be the highest ranked players that are picked for this….pretty much like the ryder cup should be. The only capacity Lee Westwood should have been at the ryder cup in was as a back room staff member. There had been no real form from him in the lead up to that and at the point wallet picked him for this…there was no real form either. It’s a shame he had booked his flights but we can’t fall into the habit of ‘picking yer mates ‘. Likewise, the ryder cup captain shouldn’t be picked on the basis of ‘it’s their turn’….or they were a ryder cup legend, it should be picked on their capability to do the job and lead a team.

  6. Alex Brown

    November 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

    If Lee Westwood has a beef it should be with the system that allows this to happen. It is geared up for ‘jobs for the boys’ as the Westwood pick and the pick of Duncan Stewart indicates, why would you not pick a mate if you were in that position?

  7. Kevin McArthur

    November 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Well said Chris Woods

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