Westwood 'frustrated' by World Cup snub


Lee Westwood has had to cancel his travel plans for next week to Australia, and he's not pleased about it.

Westwood was planning to represent England alongside Danny Willett at the World Cup of Golf, but Willett withdrew last week because of a back injury. His spot then went to Chris Wood.

But just as Willett had chosen Westwood as his partner, Wood had the option of choosing his own partner and went with Andy Sullivan rather than playing with Westwood. It was a decision that did not sit well with Westwood, who spoke to the U.K.'s Sun in Dubai.

"I haven't spoken to Woody yet, but frustrated would be one word you could use to describe how I feel about it," Westwood said. "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 the World Cup."

Wood, 28, believes that he and the 30-year-old Sullivan are from a "different generation" than the 43-year-old Westwood. He also feels that pairing with Sullivan, who like Wood was a Ryder Cup rookie this year at Hazeltine, gives him the best chance to win the team event.

"It's a bit of an awkward position to find yourself in to 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," Wood said. "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 it affect my decision."

As for Westwood, he insists he would have played last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa had he known he wasn't going to Oz, but now is left with an unceremoniously abrupt end to his 2016 season.

"I'm not pointing fingers," Westwood said, "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."