Westwood ‘backs the bid’
Lee Westwood has taken time out from The Open at St Andrews to support England’s Bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Football fan Lee Westwood took time out from his Open preperations at St Andrews to support England’s Bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Golf’s World number three, Westwood, who was ranked European No.1 last season, is an avid Nottingham Forest fan and is keen to register his support at www.england2018bid.co.uk and help in England’s campaign to host the world’s greatest football tournament.
Westwood said: “Every football fan has been mesmerised by the amazing scenes out in South Africa over the past few weeks so to think the tournament could be played in England in 2018 is an incredibly exciting prospect.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience amazing support playing at tournaments like The Open but that would be eclipsed by the excitement that would grip this country should we host the World Cup.
“Being a big Forest fan I’m also incredibly excited about Nottingham being one of the prospective Host cities for the tournament. The city is steeped in footballing tradition and I’m certain supporters of all the local teams would help to create an amazing atmosphere.”
Lee has become the latest high profile name to join the official support campaign, which was launched by David Beckham in May 2009.
It aims to secure two million signatories by the time the official bid is submitted to FIFA in December 2010. To back the bid, simply log on to www.england2018bid.co.uk.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,