Lee Westwood denies Rory McIlroy rift

Westwood denies McIlroy rift by offering to partner world No 1 at Ryder Cup

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07:16 GMT, 18 September 2012

Lee Westwood is open to the
possibility of partnering Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup, dispelling talk
of a feud between two of Europe's key players.

Speculation of a rift between the
pair has been rife since McIlroy quit the management company Westwood
has been with for 20 years, with the two then exchanging views over the
split on Twitter.

Potent partnership: Rory McIlroy (right) and Lee Westwood

Potent partnership: Rory McIlroy (right) and Lee Westwood

But according to Westwood, they remain friends and he would love to play alongside the world No 1 in Medinah next week.

Referring to a conversation the pair had at the BMW Championship two weeks ago, he told the Daily Telegraph: 'We were talking about it as we were going around Crooked Stick. I said to him “have you had any thoughts about who you are playing with a Medinah Because if nobody else wants to play with you and you're desperate, I really don`t mind filling in”. We had a laugh about that.

Threat: World No 2 Tiger Woods

Threat: World No 2 Tiger Woods

'There is nothing there. Fans must watch us having banter on the course thinking “so where is this grudge” So he left the management company I'm with. So what It was a business decision. There is nothing personal with me.

'There is nothing between us personally that would get in the way. Who wouldn`t want to play with Rory when he's in this nick. I'd love to. It'd be good. In fact, it would probably be way better than good, particularly in the four balls. We'd make a ton of birdies.'