Lee Westwood wants Ryder Cup captaincy

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• Lee Westwood wants to captain 2020 Ryder Cup team
• Believes he doesn't need spell as vice-captain to take role
• Hopes to be part of the 12-man European team in 2018


Lee Westwood wants to follow in the footsteps of Darren Clarke and be the next European Ryder Cup in the US at Whistling Straits in 2020.

The 43-year-old endured a nightmare time at Hazeltine two weeks ago, recording no points from three matches in his bid to gain the two-and-a-half points needed to overtake Sir Nick Faldo as the all-time top Ryder Cup points scorer.
"2020 is definitely on my radar" - Lee Westwood

But while the Englishman already has his mind fixated on captaincy in 2020, he insisted he isn’t ready to make that stepping stone to vice-captain in France in 2018, believing he can still offer something to the team as a player.

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Asked if he wanted to be European captain in 2020, Lee Westwood told ESPN ahead of the British Masters: "Yeah, I think so. 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. 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.
"I'm pretty well qualified to be a captain" - Lee Westwood

“I've played on ten and witnessed ten different forms of captaincy, so I'm pretty well qualified to be a captain I would have thought.

“I've played a lot in it and I'd like to maybe play again, 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 and the assistant captains were doing this year.”

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