Westwood makes Ryder Cup return

England’s Lee Westwood will make his ninth Ryder Cup appearance after being selected to join the European team as one of captain Paul McGinley’s wildcard picks.

Westwood made his debut in the Ryder Cup in 1997 but last played in the tournament in 2010.

He revealed his relief at joining the team after the announcement on Tuesday.

“I’m obviously delighted. The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul,” he is reported to have said by Sportal.

“It was a long day but when Paul rang with the good news (on Monday) I breathed a sigh of relief.

“I’ve played a lot better in the last month and a half and I’ve been showing some form and giving Paul a reason to pick me. I’m delighted and honoured to be representing Europe again.”

Westwood was selected along with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter.

Gallacher will make his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles this year, while Poulter has been a solid performer in his past appearances – winning 12 out of a possible 15 points.

The trio joins Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, France’s Victor Dubuisson and Welshman Jamie Donaldson who all qualified automatically thanks to their position on the European points list.

Completing the team are Spain’s Sergio Garcia, England’s Justin Rose, German Martin Kaymer, Dane Thomas Bjorn and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who all qualified automatically via World points list.