The 41-year-old has appeared in the competition nine times throughout his career, and usually starts higher up the captain's pecking order.
"[It was] not tough at all," Westwood is quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Post. "Having a lie-in was a new thing for me, it was nice.
"We've got a really strong side of 12 and somebody is going to have to sit out. We tried to do our bit when called upon this afternoon.
"Jamie and I were pretty much smiling all the way around. When you play good golf it makes you happy."
The pair contributed a point as Europe took a 5-3 lead going into the second day of play in the 40th Ryder Cup.