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Lee Westwood Was Determined to Earn Ryder Cup Captain's Pick

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European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has selected two veterans and a rookie in Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters, rounding out the 2016 Ryder Cup squad.

At 43-years-old, Lee Westwood has earned his captain's pick on Team Europe for the upcoming Ryder Cup. Despite his age — he has played in nine Ryder Cups and was widely viewed as a potential vice captain for 2016 —Westwood set out to claim a spot for himself on Team Europe, showing grit in the face of doubt. He was motivated to prove wrong all those who thought he wasn't up for the challenge of another Ryder Cup battle.

A second place finish in the Thailand Golf Championship led to a chance in the Masters, which he took advantage of, finishing tied for second. "I wasn't ready to write my game off just yet," Westwood told ESPN about his motivation. "I knew I was still capable of some good golf." Westwood is now looking ahead to performing well at Hazeltine, bringing his experience in the tournament to bear on his opponents. 

"Any time anybody writes you off, it's good motivation," he said. "You can either take it and be miserable or stick it back down their throat, which is pretty much the attitude that you have to have when you go to the Ryder Cup, as well."

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Lee Westwood will make his 10th Ryder Cup appearance at Hazeltine, and only three Europeans have recorded more Ryder Cup points than Westwood in their careers.

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