Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westwood Has Ryder Cup Points Record in His Sights

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westwood Has Ryder Cup Points Record in His Sights

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer Twitter: @StuRayner

LEE Westwood says he would love to write his name into the Ryder Cup record books before turning his mind to captaincy.

The 41-year-old has won the famous trophy seven times in nine appearances, but fancies another couple of cracks at it before taking on the role of leading the team.

Foursome victories with final-day hero Jamie Donaldson took Westwood's points tally in the once-every-two-years tournament to 23 - two behind Nick Faldo.

And catching his one-time captain is a definite ambition.

"I'd love to break the points record, no doubt about that," Westwood told the Chronicle from the clubhouse at Close House, where he is the attached pro.

"It's more about the team winning and it always has been. I've been on seven winning Ryder Cup teams and I'm more proud of that than the individual points record but I know I've won a lot of points.

"I'd like to play a couple more and try and get that record.

"After that I'd love to be the captain. I'd love to have that responsibility.

"I've played under nine different captains now so I've seen how it's done." Westwood has thrown his backing behind Darren Clarke - a winner in 1997, 2002, 2004 and most famously 2006, six weeks after the death of his wife Heather - to replace Paul McGinley as skipper at Minnesota two years from now.

The Irishman was only at Gleneagles as a Sky pundit, but with so much experience behind him, and as a popular figure within a very united European team room, he is the bookie's favourite with even a spat with McGinley - part of the committee who will choose the next captain - not expected to count against him.

As the most experienced member of McGinley's team last week, Westwood was given the responsibility of whipping them up for Sunday's singles. …

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