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Westwood questions merits of vice-captain Woods

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Tiger being a Ryder Cup vice-captain is going to be very odd, a bit like Sergio Garcia doing the same job at Celtic Manor but then magnified about a hundred times.

Davis Love has been busy singing Tiger’s praises over his attention to detail but Lee Westwood has questioned the decision to include the 14-time Major winner.

“I don’t know what impact there will be from having Tiger around. They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful,” he told ESPN. “He could have an adverse effect in the team room. People have always seemed to try to do too much when they have partnered him. It might be different if he’s one of the vice captains – you don’t know.”

Westwood also had a few words to say about Love’s captaincy last time around at Medinah as well as the thinking behind Bubba’s omission. “His captaincy at Chicago was great for a couple of days,” added Westwood. “I don’t know if something went wrong on Sunday, or the team didn’t play very well for some reason, but that will be in the back of their minds.

“There seem to have been issues about team spirit and chemistry. Love has not picked Bubba Watson and I don’t know what that does for team spirit – he was first outside the points qualification and is No. 7 in the world.”

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