Veteran Lee Westwood Recalls His Most Memorable Ryder Cup ‘Heckle’

Published 09/22/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 10, 2021 England’s Lee Westwood reacts during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Team USA is all set to compete against Europe in the upcoming Ryder Cup. Moreover, the prestigious event is just two days away. Englishman Lee Westwood is all set to appear in his 11th Ryder Cup this year. Furthermore, Europe has had a good track record in the last few years and will be hopeful of something similar. On the other hand, Team USA will look to get the trophy back to American soil. 

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Both teams have arrived at the venue and have completed their first practice round. Furthermore, players are also addressing the media at the same and recently, Team Europe’s most experienced player, Lee Westwood, did the same. 

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Lee Westwood recalls his memorable Ryder Cup heckle

Mar 6, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Lee Westwood hits his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In golf, since the fans are closely involved in the field, players often get to hear whatever they yell. Meanwhile, this thing could well be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Fans ridicule the opposite team, especially during Ryder Cup, where patriotism is sky-high. 

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood, one of the prominent players in Team Europe, was recently asked by a journalist about his best Ryder Cup heckle. And his reply got a peal of laughter in the press conference. “I got called a turd at Hazeltine in 2016, and that’s the first time I’ve been called a turd since I was about 12 years of age in a playground!”

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Meanwhile, the 2016 Ryder Cup was a nightmare for Team Europe and especially for Westwood. He got into the 2016 Ryder Cup through captain’s picks. However, Westwood had a poor performance that year and couldn’t win a single event. He lost the Friday foursomes, Saturday four-ball, and even the Sunday singles. 

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But apart from the 2016 Ryder Cup, Lee Westwood has an impressive Ryder Cup record. He will now tie with Sir Nick Faldo’s appearance record when he makes his 11th start at Whistling Straits. 

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Moreover, only Faldo has a better record than Westwood in terms of matches played. Sir Nick Faldo has played 46 matches while Lee has competed in 44. Furthermore, the Englishman also enjoyed unbeaten records on two occasions, first in 2004 and then in 2006.   

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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