Westwood: Task force puts pressure on U.S.


CHASKA, Minn. – The Americans didn’t form a task force to help the Europeans, but Lee Westwood thinks there may be an unintended consequence in it.

Westwood said the Americans forming their task force may actually escalate pressure on the U.S. team.

“It's very flattering to Team Europe that the USA has put this task force together and are trying to replicate what we've done,” Westwood said. “It means we are successful and we are doing it right.”

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The Americans formed the task force after losing their third straight Ryder Cup to the Europeans at Gleneagles last year. The Americans have lost eight of the last 10. 

“We take a lot of pride in that, that the USA is taking it so seriously to bring this task force together and bring Davis [Love III] in as captain again,” Westwood said. “We take a lot of pride in that, gives us a lot of confidence and puts added pressure on them. You form a task force and it doesn't go right this week, where do you go from there? You've done pretty much all you can do. So we'll see how that goes.”