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Lee Westwood insists there is no rift between him and Rory McIlroy

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 23:57 | Comments

McIlroy and Westwood are set to play crucial roles as Europe look to defend the Ryder Cup
McIlroy and Westwood are set to play crucial roles as Europe look to defend the Ryder Cup

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.

But according to Westwood, they remain friends and he would love to play alongside the world number on 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.

"So he left the management company I'm with. So what? It was a business decision. There is nothing personal with me."

Westwood concluded by saying: "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."

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