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Ryder Cup balance key for Europe says Lee Westwood

By Robert Jones

Lee Westwood says Europe's golfers must find the right balance of practice and rest as they prepare for the start of the Ryder Cup later this month.

Europe are aiming at Hazeltine National to claim their fourth consecutive victory and Westwood, speaking from the Italian Open in Monza, says it is difficult for players to judge how much golf to play in the run up to a major competition.

"It's just getting that fine line between not being tired when you go into a big event and being sharp at the same time," he said.

"Everybody has a different way of doing it, you just have to find out what that is over the years. I've been out here for over 23 years and I still don't know what it is for me.

"It's difficult to put your finger on it and pinpoint how you go into a tournament in your best condition and playing your best."

Europe have named a relatively inexperienced team to take on the United States in Minnesota, with six rookies included in Ulsterman Darren Clarke's side.

Westwood is preparing to compete in his 10th Ryder Cup and expects to be paired with a younger member of the team in the foursomes.

"Myself and Darren have spoken about it and I guess, with him picking me and stating my experience, he's thinking of putting me with a rookie," he added.

"But other than that I'm not divulging too much."

Jason Day, meanwhile, has reportedly signed a lucrative apparel deal with Nike, while he has chosen to stay with TaylorMade clubs.

The industry giant caught many by surprise in August when the company announced it would cease making golf clubs.

However, Nike is still very much involved with golf and will be hoping the World No.1 can keep them in the spotlight.

Reports are suggesting the Australian will take home over $10m a year from the deal.

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