Lee Westwood targets Ryder Cup captaincy


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Former world number one Lee Westwood says he will definitely be putting himself forward to captain Europe at the 2022 Ryder Cup at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome.

Westwood was one of five vice-captains to Thomas Bjorn as Europe won back the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National last September after a thumping 17.5-11.5 victory over the USA.

The Englishman, who has played in 10 Ryder Cups and won a European record seven times, was immediately installed as one of the favourites to be placed in charge for the 2020 edition at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

However, the 45-year-old, along with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, gave his backing to Irishman Padraig Harrington, who was confirmed last week as the defending champions’ next skipper.

Westwood, who is hoping to play in his 11th edition next year, has instead turned his attentions to being in charge in 2022.

Speaking about his desire to be captain, the Worksop-born star told BBC Sport: “I’d love to captain in Italy. Other people will want to do it, but I’ll throw my hat in.”

Westwood has enjoyed a resurgence to form over the past few months and landed his 24th European Tour title at the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge – his first triumph in four years.

The world number 63 will be hoping to keep his good run of form going in order to qualify for the Masters at Augusta National, a tournament he finished runner-up in 2010 and tied-second in 2016.

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