Westwood eyes 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy


Lee Westwood wants to captain Europe at the Ryder Cup, but not until 2020 at the earliest.

Westwood has triumphed on seven of the 10 occasions he has represented Europe in the competition, most recently featuring under Darren Clarke as a captain's pick in this year's defeat at Hazeltine.

The 43-year-old believes it is too early for him to be considered as a candidate to take over from Clarke for the next edition in Paris in two years' time, but feels confident he could lead the team in 2020.

"I certainly wouldn't want to be captain next time around. That's too soon for me. I think 2020 is definitely on my radar and after that 2022, who knows," said Westwood.

"There are a lot of candidates for it but I will be putting my name in the ring for sure. It's something I would like to do.

"I've played in 10 and witnessed 10 forms of captaincy so I am pretty well qualified to be captain. I've played a lot and I'd like to play again, but if not I would like to witness from an assistant captain's role.

"I paid a lot of attention to Darren and the assistant captains this year."

Westwood also offered words of support to Tiger Woods, an assistant for the victorious United States team in Hazeltine, after he withdrew from the Safeway Open on Monday, citing a "vulnerable" game.

The 14-time major winner is now expected to make his return in December from the back injury that has sidelined him since August 2015.

"I saw Tiger at the Ryder Cup, we had a little chat and he seemed in good spirits and ready to play again," added Westwood.

"I'm one of the fortunate ones which played with Tiger at his peak for many years. I think everybody involved in golf would like to see him playing like that again.

"If he feels like he can't reach that level, no one wants to see him come out and not play well. He shouldn't rush it and come back when he's ready.

"I'm sure he's motivated and wants to come back and play. I don't know whether his game is in the shape he wants it to be or if he's in the right frame of mind. There will be lots contributing to his decision."