Westwood rants following World Cup of Golf snub

Westwood unhappy after booking flights to Melbourne - then dropped from team

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016

Lee Westwood expressed his anger after being dropped by Chris Wood for the World Cup of Golf, despite having already booked his flights to Melbourne.


Danny Willett was due to play with Westwood, but after he pulled out of the event along with Justin Rose, Bristolian Wood got the call up, and the honour of picking a partner.

Rather than stick with the old pro, he chose to compete with close friend Andy Sullivan – and it hasn’t gone down well.

"I haven’t spoken to Woody yet, but frustrated would be one word you could use to describe how I feel about it,” said Westwood – at least he’s still using Wood’s nickname.

"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 in the World Cup.

"I’m not pointing fingers, 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

“Danny nominated me back in early August, and it’s something I’ve been really looking forward to. It was a big deal for me because I’ve never played in the World Cup before – whenever the chance came up in the past I’d already committed to another event, so I made sure I cleared the decks this time.”

Six-foot six-inch Wood conceded the decision wasn't simple, but highlighted his friendship with Sullivan as a major reason for naming him as a partner.

“It’s a bit of an awkward position to find yourself into 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," said the 28-year-old.

"Once I told I was England’s number one representative at the World Cup, my first thought was who can I play with who will give us the best chance of winning it? And Sully ticked all the boxes.

“We’ve known each other since we were playing county golf together as kids. We also played for England as amateurs together – and, of course, we made our Ryder Cup debuts at the same time earlier this year.”

"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 that affect my decision."

The World Cup of Golf takes place at Kingston Heath Golf Club from 24-27 November.




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