Lee Westwood seethes at World Cup snub

Lee Westwood

• Lee Westwood left ‘frustrated’ at World Cup of Golf snub
• The Englishman lost his place after Danny Willett withdrew
• Chris Wood opted for Andy Sullivan over the 43-year-old


Lee Westwood has expressed his dismay after Ryder Cup team-mate Chris Wood didn’t choose him for next week’s World Cup of Golf.

The 43-year-old had been due to tee it up at Kingston Heath alongside Danny Willett but the Masters champion pulled out with a back problem, meaning Westwood no longer had a place in the event as the highest-ranked player picks their partner.

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

With Justin Rose also nursing a back problem, it meant Chris Wood was next in line and he’s picked Andy Sullivan for the event leaving Westwood – who had already booked his flight Down Under and had adjusted his schedule accordingly – not best pleased.

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

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“I’m not pointing fingers, but you would have thought that when a guy has made detailed plans – and sorted out travel and everything else – he should still be in the team, even when someone else has to pull out.

“It was a big deal for me because I’ve never played in the World Cup before – whenever the chance came up in the past I’d already committed to another event, so I made sure I cleared the decks this time.”

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However, in picking Sullivan, Wood believes he only did what Willett had done – choosing his mate.

“It’s a bit of an awkward position to find yourself into be honest – Danny made no bones about the fact he was picking his mate, and it probably looks like I’ve done the same thing,” he explained.

“I can understand Lee’s frustration” – Chris Wood

“I can understand Lee’s frustration after being named in the team, only to be left high and dry when Danny pulled out. Maybe the rules need looking at in those circumstances. But I couldn’t let that affect my decision.

“Sully and I are a different generation to Lee. In a way this latest Ryder Cup possibly marked a changing of the guard, where guys like myself and Sully have to step up.”

Does Lee Westwood have a right to be annoyed?

What do you make of Chris Wood’s decision not to pick Westwood for the World Cup of Golf? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. Hamish Hermiston

    November 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I think this is pretty poor on a couple of counts. Firstly I think that Wood is “hiding ” behind the rules rather than standing up and being counted!! Secondly if they ARE the rules then they need changing. It’s like oh Danny you’re in the World Cup – pick a buddy. Don’t worry where he is on the world/tour lists !!! What nonsense. I think that Westie has been dumped on big style !!! Did Wood even contact Lee to find out his views on the matter – I doubt it – poor poor show Wood !!!

  2. David Stubley

    November 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    You pick someone you are comfortable playing with so why should Westwood complain? He is barely in the top 50 so he should have played better to automatically qualify. He has turned it down in the past so I am afraid I have very little sympathy.

  3. KenGr8

    November 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    It shouldn’t be left to the players to pick the team. If they truly represent their country they should be selected by their governing body. From a short list. I sympathise with Westwood, having already been selected. This event is devalued by this crazy selection process.

  4. Gordon Simpson

    November 17, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    No sympathy. Westwood got his place in the Ryder Cup because his mate chose him. That didn’t quite go to plan. What goes around comes around.

  5. Bill Barclay

    November 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Assumption is a terrible thing paricularly when you think you’re better than you think you are.

  6. Martin McCaffrey

    November 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    No right whatsoever to complain. He was not selected on merit, but only because his friend picked him. Friend pulls out, he cannot expect someone else to pick him instead of his own friend, who is in far better form.

  7. Jim Soutar

    November 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Why are players picking pals anyway ?? …. It didnt work pals getting picked in Ryder cup, albeit being captains pick …….didn’t hear Westwood complaining then.
    All teams should be picked on rankings then there’s no comeback !!!

  8. Gordon Todd

    November 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    So! Lee snubs this tournament since it started to go chasing bigger money making tournaments and expects to automatically play when your buddy pulls out? Wrong! mates pick mates and it’s obvious he’s not Woody’s mate. Move over Westwood let the rookies flourish and build a good playing relationship for the next Ryder Cup, because there’s more chance they’ll be there instead of you.

  9. Sam Brown

    November 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I must admit i was quite surprised myself when realised that the top ranked player got to pick his team mate. For such a prestigious event i think is silly. Of course your going to pick a buddy, its inevitable if given the chance. But i think it should be the two highest ranked players at time of selection. I’ve got sympathy with Lee, but as an earlier comment stated, you cant count on an assumption.

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    David Colin Bridges

    November 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

    All valid comments above. However Westwood let us down in Ryder Cup but he should not have been there as he was in poor form at the time. For the World Cup, It’s the rules that are wrong.

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