Westwood’s third consecutive missed cut didn’t go unnoticed by Europe’s team leadership.
While Ryder Cup vice captain Sam Torrance went on the record last week saying Westwood should be told “straight away” that he’s going to be a captain’s pick, Europe’s head man doesn’t agree with his assistant.
“That might be Sam’s view, but it’s certainly not mine,” European captain Paul McGinley told London’s Daily Mail on Friday.
A week ago, Torrance, who captained the European Ryder Cup team to victory in 2002, said this about Westwood: “I don’t think his form over the last few months is of any concern to Paul. I think he should put him in the team straight away. He’s a man for the big occasion.”
McGinley, though, has concerns with Westwood well outside the qualifying standards.
“We’ve got three huge events coming up that will determine the final lineup, and the truth is Lee needs to do something,” McGinley said.
Westwood, 41, has played in eight Ryder Cups, helping the Euros win six of them.
“I’ve got to sort it out and start hitting it better,” Westwood said after Friday’s missed cut. “I’ve not hit it well for two, three months now.”
Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, two other European Ryder Cup stalwarts, also are outside the qualifying standard, but McGinley said they’re in better positions to be two of his three captain’s picks. McDowell just won the French Open and Poulter is just one spot off qualifying on the world points list and two spots off qualifying on the European points list.
“If either of them end up needing a pick, they’ve got a very good chance of getting one,” McGinley told the Daily Mail.