Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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Ryder Cup - Lee Westwood rules himself out of 2020 Team Europe captaincy

Ryder Cup - Lee Westwood rules himself out of 2020 Team Europe captaincy

Rose believes Irishman Harrington is an ideal candidate and also feels Lee Westwood is in contention. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, a member of the victorious team in Paris and victor of four majors, has also backed Harrington, who won back-to-back British Opens in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship also in 2008.

The 2020 skipper will be selected by a panel comprising the last three captains - McGinley, Darren Clarke and Bjorn - as well as Keith Pelley, the European Tour chief executive, and David Howell, chairman of the European Tour player's committee.

Rose, who had a brief spell as world No.1 last month, is hosting the British Masters at Walton Heath this week.

Westwood has accepted that Harrington's experience and popularity in the United States make him a better fit, while he will take a seemingly more comfortable job when the Ryder Cup returns to Europe in Rome in 2022.

"But I've always said when you've got somebody that's a three-time major champion and has the pedigree that Padraig has and holds the respect of the players that he does, it would be hard to see him not doing it at some stage, and if he wants it this time around, it's hard to get around that he is very much the favourite to get the job".

"And then you've got (Lee) Westwood. We will no doubt be making that decision just prior to Christmas".


"Hopefully it sparks up this week and I can get some good mojo going", said Dunne, who has missed four of his last five cuts and nine from 21 this year.

Straight after the match, Patrick Reed hit out at one of his team-mates, Jordan Spieth, before it was then claimed that Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were involved in two separate spats - one on the flight over from Atlanta and the other at Europe's post-event party.

"So there's a lot of things that plays into his hands to being a captain in America". "But they're as close as they've ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them".

The 2013 US Open champion and Olympic gold medallist still has plenty of personal ambition and dreams of securing a career grand slam by winning the Masters, Open Championship and PGA Championship. He's won a major championship there.

Writing on Twitter, Johnson was quick to praise Koepka, saying: "Congratulations.Great season bro.POY well deserved".

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