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Westwood Quells Ryder Cup Talk

Lee Westwood turned back the clock with a Saturday 67 to grab the lead in Denmark (Photo: Bruce Young file photo )
Veteran Lee Westwood raced to the top of the Made in Denmark leaderboard overnight and spent the bulk of his post round press conference quashing notions he might get a late Ryder Cup call up.

Westwood, who has represented Europe 10 times in the biennial competition, holds a one-shot lead over three players at the Silkeborg Golf Club after a Saturday 67.

The 45-year-old reeled off five consecutive birdies from the 10th to put himself in a commanding position late in the day before a clumsy double bogey at the last left the door ajar for the chasing pack.

But it was the upcoming contest in Paris that dominated discussion after he signed his card, the assistant captain to Thomas Bjorn adamant he would not be part of the team.

“He doesn't want an old man like me playing, he wants the young kids in,” Westwood said when the possibility of a captain’s pick was put to him for the second consecutive day.

“I've played ten and I know when my game is really on song ready for the Ryder Cup and I think there are more people deserving of a pick than me.”

The Ryder Cup automatic qualification process ends after this week’s tournament with Bjorn to then announce his four captain’s picks on Wednesday.

While unlikely to be on the team Westwood is in good position to claim a 24thEuropean Tour title Sunday which he made clear would be his focus.

“I played great all day. I made one bad swing off the 18th tee but it'd be stupid to focus on that as well as I played, I had it under control all day.

“I'm not thinking any kind of score, I'm just going to try and go out and play like I've been playing. I'm hitting the ball solid and I'm rolling it well on the greens.”

Belgium’s Thomas Detry and Englishmen Steven Brown and Jonathan Thomson trail Westwood by a shot while Matt Wallace played his way into calculations with a 66 that sees him just two back.

Matt Millar is the best placed of the Australasian contingent at 6-under and T36 one ahead of Marcus Fraser and two better than Jason Scrivener and New Zealand’s Josh Geary.

Nick Cullen is 3-under and T61 while Brett Rumford endured a horror Saturday to shoot 78 and slip to T71.

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