Westwood happy with favourites tag

Lee Westwood believes the European Ryder cup team deserves to be favourites heading into the weekend at Gleneagles.

The former world number one is happy to wear the favourites tag at the iconic event in Scotland this weekend. Europe have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cup’s and the American team are hoping to win away from home for the time since 1993.

“I think we’re happy being favourites,” quipped the 41-year-old, who no doubt had a quick look at the Ryder Cup betting odds on Paddy Power .

“We’ve earned the right to be favourites over the years as we’ve been so successful, winning seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.

“With playing at home and with the strength of the team we have we probably should be slight favourites.”

Westwood added that the team has had a constructive discussion about the pairs for Friday’s rounds.

“We’ve sat down and spoken about who we’d like to be partnered with already,” continued Westwood, who is the most experienced campaigner in Paul McGinely’s team with 37 matches.

“I’ve been lucky over the years, I’ve had nine different partners and they’ve all been great players.

“I think that Paul obviously thinks he can pair me with most people and it looks like the kind of team when you look at it on paper that has a lot of natural partnerships.”

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