‘Cap­tain’s role is cru­cial’

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Lee West­wood be­lieves the role of cap­tain should not be un­der­played at the Ry­der Cup. The English­man is a vet­eran of the con­test and will be ap­pear­ing in his 10th Ry­der Cup this week­end at Hazel­tine. He is also a close friend of Euro­pean cap­tain Dar­ren Clarke, whose role he feels is vi­tal to the team’s suc­cess. “Who­ever says the cap­tain doesn’t mat­ter has ob­vi­ously never played in a Ry­der Cup and doesn’t know what they are talk­ing about,” said West­wood. “A cap­tain can make a dif­fer­ence, although they can make more of a dif­fer­ence by get­ting things wrong than get­ting things right.” West­wood also be­lieves Clarke will be able to demon­strate the same cool head he had on the golf course in his cap­taincy role. He added: “He’s good at con­trol­ling him­self in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions and com­mands re­spect sim­ply be­cause of his record.”

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