Lee Westwood declares ‘I’m not old, I’m 48,’ and on being called ‘a turd’ at the Ryder Cup

HAVEN, Wisconsin — When Lee Westwood was informed during a radio interview ahead of this week’s 43rd Ryder Cup that he is the oldest player in the history of the biennial competition to represent the European side, he cracked, “That makes me feel young. Maybe I’ll bring a walker to Whistling Straits.”

During his pre-Ryder Cup press conference, Westwood’s age quickly emerged as a topic of conversation.

“I’m not old, I’m 48,” he bristled. “Can we use the word mature? No, actually mature doesn’t apply to me, either.”

At his advanced age as far as Ryder Cup competitors, Westwood is in fact twice as old as his teammate Viktor Hovland of Norway, who celebrated his 24th birthday last week.

“It makes me proud of my longevity really,” Westwood said. “Week in, week out I play with somebody that’s the same age as my son (Sam, who is caddying for his father this week) now. I’m pretty much used to that. The fact that it was his 24th birthday was a little bit surprising, but I made my Ryder Cup debut in 1997 when I was 24.”

Excited to have Sam on the bag this week as part of @RyderCupEurope #118 #MakeItCount #TeamEurope pic.twitter.com/NX2lq6AAw6

— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) September 21, 2021

Westwood qualified for his 11th Ryder Cup, tying the record held by fellow Englishman Nick Faldo. Westwood has been on the winning side seven times, but his last appearance in 2016 didn’t go well. As a captain’s pick by his good pal Darren Clarke, Westwood went 0-3 at Hazeltine as his putter betrayed him. Westwood said it took a couple of days to recover from the defeat at the hands of the Americans and the role he played in that result.

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By: Adam Schupak
Title: Lee Westwood declares ‘I'm not old, I'm 48,' and on being called ‘a turd' at the Ryder Cup
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/09/22/lee-westwood-called-a-turd-at-ryder-cup/
Published Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:00:04 +0000

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