Westwood, G-Mac will get tickets to Ryder: Torrance

Fri Jul 4, 2014 1:35pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Ryder Cup mainstays Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell may be on the outside looking in on Europe's team at the moment but vice-captain Sam Torrance has no doubt that both will be in the side come September.

The top nine in the points list qualify automatically for Europe's title defense against the United States in Scotland, with skipper Paul McGinley also having three wildcard choices up his sleeve to complete his 12-man team.

Westwood, who has featured in the biennial event eight times in a row, and 2010 U.S. Open champion McDowell, who has played in the last three editions and claimed the winning point in Wales four years ago, are well outside the top nine.

"Obviously we want Lee in the team," the 60-year-old Torrance told Reuters in a telephone interview from Gleneagles, the Ryder Cup venue.

"He is a fantastic player and we'd love him in there. I don't think his form over the last few months is of any concern to Paul.

"I think he should put him in the team straight away, he's a man for the big occasion. The same applies to G-Mac, I'm sure he'll be in the team," added Torrance who will be one of McGinley's deputies along with Ireland's Des Smyth.

Westwood has slipped to 32nd in the world after riding high at the top of the rankings three years ago.

The automatic Ryder Cup qualifying positions, with almost two months to go before the team is finalised, are now occupied by Victor Dubuisson, Henrik Stenson, Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Luke Donald.   Continued...

Lee Westwood of England tees off on the 13th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar