Westwood paired with ex-stablemate McIlroy in Shanghai

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy
Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy were stablemates until last week

Lee Westwood will play with Rory McIlroy in China on Thursday less than a week after describing the 22-year-old's move to a different management company as a "bizarre decision".

McIlroy and Westwood are competing at the Shanghai Masters, a 30-man event with a record first prize of £1.25m.

The pair were stablemates until McIlroy's decision last week to quit Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler's ISM group.

Westwood tweeted his surprised reaction to McIlroy's move to Horizon Sports.

Dublin-based Horizon already has McIlroy's Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell on its books.

World number two Westwood and US Open champion McIlroy will be paired with home player Zhang Lian-wei on Thursday.

The field also includes Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley.

Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland and South Africa's two-time Major champion Retief Goosen will also make the trip to China to play on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course.

Ian Poulter, Colin Montgomerie and KJ Choi are also in the field.

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