Tiger Woods may have 'adverse effect'

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• Westwood questions what Tiger Woods will be like as vice-captain

• Says the 14-time major winner may have 'adverse effect' on USA

• Heaps pressure on captain Davis Love III after 2012 failings


Tiger Woods’ presence as a Ryder Cup vice-captain could have an ‘adverse effect’ on Team USA, according to Lee Westwood.

In the first bit of mind games ahead of next week’s match at Hazeltine, the Englishman – who was one of captain Darren Clarke’s three wildcard picks – questioned the impact Woods would have given his struggles as a player in the biennial match.

“I don’t know what impact there will be from having Tiger Woods around,” Westwood told ESPN. “They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful.

“He could have an adverse effect in the team room. People have always seemed to try to do too much when they have partnered him. It might be different if he’s one of the vice-captains, you don’t know.”

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Westwood also heaped the pressure on US captain Davis Love III, whose team famously blew a four-point lead at Medinah in 2012.

“I don’t know if something went wrong on the Sunday or the team didn’t play very well for some reason, but that will be in the back of their minds.

"It's going to be pretty intense for them" - Lee Westwood

“The captain is obviously building them up a lot and making a few interesting decisions. They have got a strong side and probably are favourites, but they haven’t won it for a while and they are playing in front of a home crowd.

“There is a lot of pressure on them. That is going to keep building in the next week or so and by the time the Ryder Cup comes around, it is going to be pretty intense for them.”

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