Lee Westwood Eyeing 2020 European Ryder Cup Captaincy

October 12, 2016

Lee Westwood had a poor showing at the 2016 Ryder Cup, but he’s wanting one more chance to represent Europe before he takes a shot at being captain.

Westwood is one of the most respected and experienced players Europe has ever had in the Ryder Cup, having been on 10 Ryder Cup teams dating back to 1997. At age 43, he has now shifted into the role Phil Mickelson occupies for the U.S. squad as a player/unofficial assistant captain. But Westwood’s play didn’t match Mickelson’s at Hazeltine this year, going 0-3 compared to Mickelson’s 2-1-1 mark. That doesn’t mean he’s throwing in the towel for the 2018 event in France. Speaking to reporters, Westwood said he’s not eyeing that captain spot quite yet and wants to still compete in two years.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to be the captain next time around,” Westwood said. “That’s too soon for me, but I think 2020 is definitely on my radar. There are a lot of candidates for it, but I’ll be putting my name in the ring for sure. It’s something I’d like to do.”

Rumored captains for the next few Ryder Cups include Westwood, Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington.