Danny Willett has selected Lee Westwood as his playing partner to represent England at November’s World Cup of Golf.
As the highest ranked Englishman to confirm his participation in the World Cup, Masters champion Willett was given the honour of choosing his team-mate for the event in Melbourne.
With nine Ryder Cup appearances under his belt already and a 10th more than likely on its way at Hazeltine this year, Willett says Westwood was the obvious choice due to his experience of team golf.
“It’s always great to represent your country. You don’t get the chance to do it too often so I’m excited about playing the World Cup,” said Willett, who recently finished 37th at the Olympic Games.
“It’s a different format this time so I’m really looking forward to playing with Westy. He’s played in nine Ryder Cups and has unbelievable experience of foursomes and fourballs, so I couldn’t have picked a better partner.”
Westwood has been in good form this year, finishing tied for second behind Willett at the Masters, and looks likely to receive a captain’s pick for this year’s Ryder Cup as a result.
The 43-year-old says he enjoys the team events in golf and is looking forward to his World Cup debut coming hot on the heels of the Ryder Cup.
“It’s an exciting format and it adds to the occasion when you’re playing for your country, so hopefully we can bring the trophy home with us,” said Westwood.
Australia will play host to the event for the second time running, with home favourites Jason Day and Adam Scott hoping to deliver more success after confirming they will defend the title they won in 2013.
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