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Over-40 Westwood, Garcia could be Ryder Cup danger men

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Kohler, United States (AFP/APP) England’s Lee Westwood and Spain’s Sergio Garcia, part of Europe’s largest 40-something Ryder Cup contingent in 60 years, could be danger men, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth warned Tuesday.
Garcia, 41, was sixth at the BMW Championship and 14th at the Tour Championship last month to end a solid US PGA campaign while Westwood, 48, had back-to-back runner-up efforts at Bay Hill and the Players Championship last March.
“The fact they both have been playing the caliber of golf they’ve been playing this year to make this team with the experience they have makes them very dangerous,” US standout Spieth said. “I mean, you step on the first tee and you know you’re going to play two of the best players in the world.” Westwood will be the oldest player to represent Europe since Christy O’Connor Sr. in 1973.
Together with 45-year-old Ian Poulter and 44-year-old Paul Casey, Westwood and Garcia comprise the largest over-40 European Ryder Cup group since there were five in 1961. “It’s crazy. They bring so much history into this event,” said 13th-ranked Norwegian Viktor Hovland. “Those guys are the reason why this tournament is what it is, because they’ve brought so much passion and blood, sweat, and tears into this event that it makes it so much more special to be on the same team as them. “When you put it into perspective like that, it’s really cool.”
Hovland is already learning from the maestros.
“Time and time again when they show up to this week they deliver every single time,” Hovland said. “I sat a couple weeks ago and just watched highlights of Poults and Sergio and Westy on YouTube in the Ryder Cup, and it was just so cool to see all the clutch moments they’ve had and just kind of how they handled everything, because it’s a big pressure.”

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