Clarke: Westwood will be ready for Saturday fourball


CHASKA, Minn. – Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke have been great friends for a long, long time. That’s no secret.

It was little surprise that Clarke selected his pal as a captain’s pick a month ago. This is Westwood’s 10th consecutive Ryder Cup. He and Clarke have paired eight times in the Ryder Cup and they have a 6-2 overall record together.

Point is, they know each other well.

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Westwood played horribly in a morning foursomes match with rookie Thomas Pieters. They lost 5 and 4 to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

“He was man enough to tell me after the match, he says, ‘Darren, I’m not playing this afternoon. I need to go and work on my game,’” Clarke said about Westwood. “He went to do that and he spoke to me afterwards, during today’s afternoon session.”

Westwood told Clarke that he felt he still needed Saturday morning to work on his game and that he truly felt he’d be ready to play in afternoon fourballs.

“Lee’s a stand-up man and he had no reservations about telling me the truth.”