Lee Westwood continued his Ryder Cup domination of Tiger Woods and handed the world’s top-ranked golfer his worst-ever loss in the competition.
Westwood and fellow Englishman Luke Donald beat Woods and Steve Stricker by six holes with five remaining, or 6 and 5, to give Europe its first point on a rain-delayed third day at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. The win improves Westwood’s record against Woods to 6-1 in the competition.
Woods’s previous worst loss came in his first Ryder Cup in 1997 when he and partner Mark O’Meara lost 5 and 3 to current Europe captain Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer.
Woods and Stricker also suffered their first loss as a team after winning their first two matches at the Ryder Cup and going 4-0 in last year’s Presidents Cup.
It was the second win for both Westwood, who also has a tie, and Donald. It gave Europe its first point of the day and closed the U.S. lead to 6-5.
Westwood and Donald took control of the match from the start yesterday, winning the first two holes with birdies. They increased their advantage to five holes through the seventh before Stricker made a birdie on the ninth just before played was halted by darkness.
After a rain delay of five hours and 45 minutes today, the Englishmen picked right up by making birdies on the 10th and 11th holes to push their lead to six. Donald then made a birdie putt to tie the 12th hole and Westwood made par to tie the 13th and close out the match.