Westwood still eyeing 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy


A disappointing outing at Hazeltine hasn't deterred Lee Westwood's desire to lead the European team when the Ryder Cup matches next return to the U.S.

Westwood was added to this year's European squad as a captain's pick, but he went 0-3 including missing a short putt to halve his match during Saturday's fourball session. That miss meant the Europeans trailed by three points instead of two entering Sunday's singles, and the Americans went on to record a 17-11 victory.

Speaking this week at the British Masters, Westwood indicated that he hopes to serve as captain in 2020 at Whistling Straits, with Denmark's Thomas Bjorn already installed as the prohibitive betting favorite to lead the team in France in 2018.

"I certainly wouldn't want to be the captain next time around. That's too soon for me, but I think 2020 is definitely on my radar," Westwood told reporters. "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."

Westwood, 43, has made 10 straight European teams, one shy of Nick Faldo's record for longevity. His individual record of 20-18-6 also leaves him 2 1/2 points behind Faldo for Europe's top all-time point scorer. While the Englishman could improve on both marks by teeing it up in Paris in two years, he conceded that a stint as an assistant captain could bolster his candidacy for 2020.

"I've played in a lot and I'd like to maybe play in it again," he said. "But if I can't play again, I'd like to do the assistant captain's role, see what goes on behind the scenes, although I paid a lot of attention to what Darren (Clarke) and the assistant captains were doing this year."

The comments echo Westwood's sentiments from earlier this year at the Shell Houston Open, the only PGA Tour event the Englishman played last season outside of the WGCs and majors.

"I'd like to do it anywhere, but I think I'd be good in the States," Westwood said. "I think it's a challenge, to beat the American team on home soil. It's never easy."