McIlroy pulls out, Westwood to play in Seve Trophy


After US Open champion Rory McIlroy announced this week he would not contest this month’s Seve Trophy in France the tournament has been given a boost with World No. 2 Lee Westwood and British Open Champion Darren Clarke now committing to the event. The inclusion of Westwood and Clarke at St-Nom-la-Breteche near Paris was confirmed by their manager, Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler.
McIlroy is missing the event as he indicated he needed two weeks rest ahead of 12 weeks ‘on the road’ with the Seve Trophy taking place during his break. Westwood is currently ranked second on the qualifying table that ends this Sunday at the close of the Swiss event. It will be Westwood’s fourth appearance in the now biannual event but a first since 2003. Clarke will forgo commitments at Archerfield in Scotland on September 18th, and the final day of the Vivendi, to also take his place in Paul McGinley’s Great Britian and Ireland team.