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Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Vice Captain Schools the Rookies

The European players who are jockeying for Captain Thomas Bjorn's attention are getting a lesson from one of the vice captains this week. And I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying it!

Lee Westwood

Look, Lee Westwood isn't trying to make the Ryder Cup team. He said as much to europeantour.com:
“He [Bjorn] doesn't want an old man like me playing, he wants the young kids in. I've played ten and I know when my game is really on song ready for the Ryder Cup and I think there are more people deserving of a pick than me.”
But at 45 years old, Westwood is hardly a washed-up player. It's true that he hasn't won since 2014, but most players go through dry spells from time to time. And it looks to me as if he's strengthened some of the weaker aspects of his game during this lull.

As for the Ryder Cup... well, he could still be a viable sub if, at the last minute, one of the team members can't play for some reason.

Lee carries a one-shot lead into the final round at the Made in Denmark, but it could have been three strokes had it not been for a wet final drive that cost him a double-bogey. Still, you've got to like the chances of a man who has won 11 out of 26 times when he has the lead or co-lead.

I don't know what will happen today, but I'm pulling for Lee. I'm one of those fans who believes he can still win a major. And if his game stays anywhere close to the level he's playing at this week, 2019 could be a very good year for him.

But in the meantime, I think it would be really cool if the "old man" taught the youngsters a few more lessons about winning.

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