Padraig Harrington is hopeful of securing the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2020 before his career in golf starts to wind down completely.
The three-time major winner, who will celebrate his 47th birthday on Friday, still remains a big part of the European Tour and only just missed out on the Czech Masters last weekend, finishing two shots behind Italian Andrea Pavan in Prague.
Harrington was at the height of his powers a decade ago when he won the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008, while he also added the PGA Championship to his tally in the latter year.
The Irishman, who has represented Europe six times in the Ryder Cup and came out on the winning side four times, is looking forward to watching next month’s latest battle against the United States at Le Golf National near Paris, with Thomas Bjorn leading the team on this occasion.
Harrington is six months younger than the Dane, which is why he is now looking to take on the captaincy when the Ryder Cup returns to the US in 2020 at Whistling Straits.
If he fails to get the nod on that occasion, Harrington feels it might then be too late for him looking to future tournaments.
“The way my schedule and timings are working out, you have to look to sooner rather than later,” he told Off The Ball.
“You wouldn’t want to risk later because there are a pile of guys in four years’ time that are going to be putting their name into the hat for consideration at that stage.
“I’m not saying that they won’t put their name in the hat in the next couple of years.
“But it looks like Whistling Straits in 2020 is something that I will look to do, and hopefully I will get the nod if that’s the case but, in the main, we are not talking about who is doing what and what is happening before this Ryder Cup.
“Certainly for me, I don’t envision waiting around until I’m 54 years old because you could be long forgotten.”