The golfer’s wife and caddie, Helen Storey, will be absent at Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup this weekend. Instead, Lee Westwood’s son Sam will be his caddie, a role which he’s done before, despite the nerves.
Englishman heading into record-breaking Ryder Cup
Lee Westwood has been one of the most recognisable faces in golf over the last 20 years.
Despite never winning a major championship, he has been one of the most consistent players on tour over the past few decades.
Westwood has won tournaments in four decades, the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. He was also the first British player since Nick Faldo in 1994 to become world no.1 – which he did in 2010.
Indeed, Nick Faldo will be closely linked to Westwood at the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Westwood first partnered Faldo in 1997 at the event.
Now, the Englishman is heading into his record-tying 11th Ryder Cup, a record he will share with Faldo.
“It’s ironic really that he set the record of 11 Ryder Cups in 1997 at Valderrama where I was his partner and that was my first one, so it’s all kind of gone full circle really. He’s obviously a legend of the game and it’s nice to be tying a record that he holds,” Westwood said.
Lee Westwood’s son will caddie for him at Whistling Straits
Golf fans have become accustomed to seeing Lee Westwood’s wife, Helen Storey, caddie for him in recent years.
Helen, who is a fitness instructor from Newcastle, married the golfer in Las Vegas this year.
However, Lee Westwood has revealed his son, Sam, will caddie for him at the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Sam already has caddie experience, carrying his clubs at Augusta this year for the 2021 Masters.
At the time Westwood said: “Be a good lads-and-dads trip. Looking forward to it.”
Lee and Sam are believed to be the first father-and-son combination to team up at a Ryder Cup, and the Englishman said his son is already feeling the nerves.
“Forget The Masters, this is on a totally different scale,” he told The Sun.
“Sam is as nervous as a kitten and I think this is going to be a rare case of a player trying to keep his caddie calm. But he’ll be fine once I’ve hit my first shot.
“It’s been a welcome distraction for me and an added incentive — not that you need one at a Ryder Cup. After all, what dad doesn’t want to impress his son?”
More on Sam Westwood
Samuel Bevan Westwood is Lee Westwood’s 19-year-old son who Ryder Cup fans will be seeing a lot of this week.
Sam’s mum is Laura Coltart, whom Westwood married in 1999 before divorcing in 2017.
The couple also have a daughter together called Poppy, who is Sam’s sister.
Lee has said that Sam wasn’t interested in golf until fairly recently, but now that he is, it’s provided the 48-year-old with the motivation to get out on the course.
However, Lee admits that his son has more in common with European teammate Viktor Hovland.
The 24-year-old Norwegian is just a few years older than Sam, and Lee says they can relate to each other a lot better than he can.