Lee Westwood feels he can earn a place in the next Ryder Cup team before taking on the top job for the 2022 edition. The Englishman has featured in 10 editions of the historic event, spanning from 1997 to 2016, and he has helped Europe to glory on seven occasions.
Westwood was named as one of Thomas Bjorn’s vice-captains in Paris last year and he believes he can earn a place in Padraig Harrington’s team at Whistling Straights in 2020.
The 45-year-old has ambitions to replace Harrington as captain in 2022 when the competition heads to the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy. “I’d love to have it in Italy,” Westwood said. “I’ll not lie to you. That would be ideal for me to be captain in Italy. “I think this time around, I proved the end of last year, that I can still win tournaments, and I feel like I can still qualify for a Ryder Cup Team. “It would be daft to have gone for the next one because I’d like to play in it. If I’m not there, then I’d like to help out in some way and gain a bit more experience. “But after that, (in) Italy, I’ll be 49 and that’s the ideal time to be captain in my point of view.”