Ryder Cup: Lee Westwood seals spot in European team

Lee Westwood
Westwood made his Ryder Cup debut 24 years ago

Lee Westwood sealed his spot in Europe’s team for this month’s Ryder Cup as nine automatic qualifiers were confirmed at the BMW PGA Championship.

He qualified for a joint-record 11th appearance despite finishing with a 77.

Bernd Wiesberger’s tie for 20th saw him secure a debut at Whistling Straits, knocking Shane Lowry out of the side.

Lowry must wait with others, including Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, for captain Padraig Harrington’s three wildcard picks on Sunday evening.

Harrington is set to make the announcement from 19:30 BST, which will complete the 12-man team he takes to the United States to attempt to defend the trophy from 24 to 26 September.

Englishman Westwood, 48, and Austrian Wiesberger, 35, join Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland in the team.

Ireland’s former Open champion Lowry would have replaced Westwood with a top-eight finish at Wentworth and began the day in a tie for seventh, but slipped down the leaderboard with a final round of 71.

Rose eagled the 18th in a closing 65 to finish in joint sixth on 16 under, three shots behind winner Billy Horschel.

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