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Lee Westwood does not believe his Ryder Cup hopes should be threatened by LIV Golf tour

‘Why should it be threatened?’: Defiant Lee Westwood insists he doesn’t believe his Ryder Cup hopes should be jeopardized because of his decision to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour. …and claims that rebels should ‘still have the chance’ to play on the team

  • The DP World Tour has fined players who participated in the Saudi-backed venture
  • A threat of additional sanctions for further participation has also been set out
  • Pariahs can also be banned from the Ryder Cup, infuriating Lee Westwood
  • Westwood believes his decision to join the LIV tour should not affect his chances

A rebellious Lee Westwood doesn’t believe his Ryder Cup chances should be jeopardized by his decision to sign up for the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Last week, the DP World Tour fined each of the 17 players who played in the Saudi company’s first event in Hertfordshire earlier this month, £100,000 and banned them from next week’s Scottish Open.

It has come with the threat of additional sanctions for continued participation and while a Ryder Cup ban has not been publicly cited as a penalty, it remains an option open to the DP World Tour.

But Westwood, who joins the other rebels on Thursday to battle the second of the eight-event series at Oregon’s Pumpkin Ridge, believes that shouldn’t be the case.

“Why would there be a threat?” That’s what Europe’s joint record holder for performances told a press conference.

“I’ve been playing Ryder Cup golf since 1997 and the criteria was to be a member of the European Tour (now the DP World Tour).

Lee Westwood believes his Ryder Cup chances should not be jeopardized because of the LIV Golf tour

Lee Westwood believes his Ryder Cup chances should not be jeopardized because of the LIV Golf tour

“I have been a member of the PGA Tour and have still played four events on the European Tour, and why would the European Tour change their rules so drastically because another tour doesn’t like it or feels financially threatened?

“As long as you meet the eligibility criteria to join the European Tour, you should still have the chance to qualify for the Ryder Cup team.”

Westwood’s Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, the league’s all-time leading scorer, had a more pragmatic outlook.

Westwood, Europe's co-holder for appearances, revolted against punishments for pariahs

Westwood, Europe’s co-holder for appearances, revolted against punishments for pariahs

When asked if he thought there was a risk involved in his decision to apply, he replied, “Yes, I think there was. You never knew how everyone would react.

“Of course you hoped it wouldn’t change. We still hope it doesn’t affect it.

“I hope I still have the opportunity, and I’m sure they do (his fellow candidates) to be part of a few more Ryder Cup teams, but that doesn’t depend on us right now. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed.’

The DP World Tour chose not to follow the lead of the PGA Tour, which outright banned all their events for LIV golfers, but Westwood still objected to the lesser penalty he received.

However, Sergio Garcia has admitted there was a risk behind his decision to sign up

However, Sergio Garcia has admitted there was a risk behind his decision to sign up

“Personally, I am disappointed with the approach of the European Tour,” he added.

“I have been a member of the European Tour for 29 years and several of those years I have also been a member of the PGA Tour and as long as I have played my four events the European Tour has had no problem with me playing elsewhere and now it seems it to be a problem.

“As far as fines and sanctions are concerned, I am disappointed.”

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