Lee Westwood backs Clarke to be great captain

Former world number one Lee Westwood has been around the golf course long enough to separate the good from the better and the better from the best and he is certain close friend Darren Clarke, recently named as the new captain for the Ryder Cup team for Team Europe will make one of the best skippers the team has had.

The duo have been the second most successful partnerships in the history of the Ryder Cup and the Englishman said that deep down, he had always known Clarke would make a great captain one day. Sometimes, the smallest statements can make a huge difference, and Westwood alluded to the time when they played Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup.

The duo has played against Tiger on four occasions, defeating him every time. He had David Duval as his partner, Jim Furyk once and Phil Mickelson once. And every one of those encounters were at a time when Woods was world number one, Duval at two, Furyk at 3 and Mickelson at 4 and still they managed to beat them. And it was at those times that Lee Westwood felt that Clarke would make a great skipper.

He alluded to the time when they were playing Woods and Mickelson and Clarke got in his ear and said that they had nothing to lose and it was all on the American duo. It worked and the two managed to take Team Europe to the brink of victory from the clutches of defeat.

Lee Westwood believes the upcoming Ryder Cup will be the hardest for them to win this century. The US has already named Davis Love III as their new skipper and Clarke has got a tough task on his hands but knowing him, Westwood feels he is more than capable enough.