Westwood didn't 'lose sleep' over missed RC putt


It was arguably the low point on the course for the Europeans at Hazeltine, but it hasn't led to any fitful nights of rest for Lee Westwood.

The Englishman stood over a 3-foot birdie attempt to halve his match during Saturday's fourball session at the Ryder Cup earlier this month, but the subsequent putt barely caught the hole. It meant that instead of a half-point apiece, Americans Ryan Moore and J.B. Holmes recorded a full point over Westwood and Danny Willett.

That, in turn, meant the Europeans trailed by three points instead of two entering Sunday's singles matches, where the U.S. rolled to a 17-11 victory.

Westwood was added as a captain's pick by Darren Clarke, and the 43-year-old was participating in his 10th straight edition of the biennial matches. Speaking to Golfweek at the British Masters, Westwood indicated that the miss hasn't really affected him.

"I rarely lose sleep, and people are always going to miss putts," Westwood said. "It was a lot of pressure on that situation and just one of those things. I didn't put a good stroke on it and shoved it a bit, and it didn't go in."

Westwood went 0-3 as an individual at Hazeltine, and his struggles continued last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where he shot an 82 at Kingsbarns en route to a missed cut. But he rekindled his game Thursday at The Grove, where a 4-under 67 left him one shot off the early lead.