Lee Westwood: 'Europe are happy to be favourites'

Lee Westwood of England waits on the ninth tee during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014
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Lee Westwood insists that Europe are happy to be considered favourites ahead of the Ryder Cup.

Lee Westwood has claimed that Europe's Ryder Cup team are happy to be favourites as they prepare to defend the trophy at Gleneagles.

Ahead of the first session on Friday morning, Westwood has revealed that the label is not a burden for the hosts, who are looking for a third successive win.

"I think we're happy being favourites," the Englishman told reporters. "We've earned the right to be favourites over the years as we've been so successful, winning seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.

"With playing at home and with the strength of the team we have we probably should be slight favourites."

Westwood is playing in his ninth Ryder Cup this week.

Who will win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

Europe
Draw (Europe retains)
USA
Europe
68.0%
Draw (Europe retains)
8.0%
USA
24.0%
Lee Westwood of England waves during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014
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