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Westwood: I let captain Clarke down

Lee Westwood (AFP)
Lee Westwood (AFP)

Cape Town - Lee Westwood has said that he let Europe captain Darren Clarke down after failing to win a point at the Ryder Cup.

The 43-year old Westwood, who boasts a great Ryder Cup record over the years, was one of Clarke’s three wildcards, but went on to lose all three matches he played in as the US won 17-11 to reclaim the trophy for the first time in eight years.

"I was a captain's pick and I would have liked to have performed well for him," Westwood said.

Westwood missed several short putts at Hazeltine and cost Europe a vital point after he lost in the singles to Ryan Moore after being two up with three to play.

Asked if he had let Clarke down, Westwood said, “A little bit.”

He added that he had played well in "spells" and said people put too much focus on his putting.

"I rarely lose sleep and people are always going to miss putts," said Westwood.

"It was a lot of pressure on that situation and just one of those things.

"I think sometimes I get judged unfairly on my putting because the rest of my game is so strong."

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