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Lee Westwood: I let Darren Clarke down

Lee Westwood has spoken for the first time since Europe lost out to the USA at this year’s Ryder Cup, saying he let team captain Darren Clarke down after failing to win a single point at the event.

The 43-year-old had, until this year, been able to boast an excellent record at Ryder Cup competitions; so good that he was one of Clarke’s three wildcard picks. However, he went on to lose all three matches he was involved in as the US ran rampant to win 17-11 – their first victory over Europe in eight years.

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

The Englishman missed a string of putts at Hazeltine and cost Europe a vital point after losing in the singles to Ryan Moore after going two up with three to play. When asked if he had let Clarke down, Westwood said, “A little bit.”

He added: "I rarely lose sleep and people are always going to miss putts.

"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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