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Westwood confident Europe's six Ryder Cup rookies are ready

Westwood was picked for the Ryder Cup Credit: PA

Worksop golfer Lee Westwood believes Europe's six Ryder Cup rookies will be ready for anything when they attempt to secure an unprecedented fourth straight victory at Hazeltine next month.

Captain Darren Clarke was reluctant to add another debutant to the five who qualified automatically, but ultimately "found it impossible" not to select Belgium's Thomas Pieters, who finished fourth in the Olympics, second in the Czech Masters and won in Denmark on Sunday.

Sheffield golfers Danny Willett (L) and Matthew Fitzpatrick both automatically qualified for the Ryder Cup Credit: PA

That means Europe's side will contain six rookies for the first time since Celtic Manor in 2010 and the most since seven were on the team at Brookline in 1999. "Let's make no bones about it, I think it will be tough," admitted Westwood, who will make his 10th consecutive appearance in the biennial event after being selected along with fellow former world number one Martin Kaymer.

It's difficult to be a rookie on home soil when you have the crowd cheering for you, but to be a rookie in the States and be up against it, the crowd as well as the team, it's a little extra.

But I look at our rookies and I see them not as rookies. There's a lot of experience there and I look at a lot of the players' characters and I think they can take it, they can take a fight and a bit of stick.

So I'm still very positive. I think we've got some world-class players.

– Lee Westwood