Lee Westwood is emerging as a possible captain of the European team of the Ryder Cup in its 2023 edition, which will be held in Roma. The English golfer, highly motivated after suffering in his own flesh the historic defeat last weekend in Whistling Straits, he will be 50 years old when the tournament is played again. And after participating in it eleven times, with seven wins and 11 different captains, he is willing to take the alternative… but with some changes.
The most important has to do with the number of personal elections of the captain, which are currently three for Europe … and no less than six for USA. “Four, four is my first thought: four off-the-list picks. Let there be four names from the European list, four from the world list and four elections. Each captain has different ideas and that is good, “he said. Westwood about.
Looking with perspective, that until after the BMW PGA Championship the team did not close could also harm Harrington, who barely had a week to work with his 12 players. While, Stricker I had already had in mind for quite some time who would form USAregardless of the outcome of the TOUR Championship with which the season of the PGA Tour.
In this sense, Westwood He even suggested that the number of players classified by the European points table could be reduced even below four so that there would be more in the world points table. “There does have to be some sort of qualification because it is important that your players compete under pressure. If you can do it and qualify, you can come and represent the team when you are in the spotlight. “
Westwood, who was able to overcome a two-hole deficit in their singles match on Sunday against Harris English to end up winning, he reluctantly accepts that his career as a soccer player Ryder Cup after 24 years it may be over. And the option of being captain is already being considered, after having been an assistant in the 2018 edition of Paris, in which Europe ended up winning with solvency.
“I guess I’ll have three or four months to think about it, but people come to me and say, ‘Are you going to be the captain in Roma? ‘”He says Westwood, also looking out of the corner of the eye of what happens on the other side of the Atlantic, where Zach Johnson appears as a favorite to succeed in the captaincy to Steve Stricker, without forgetting in any case the situation of Tiger Woods, who successfully led his country in the Presidents Cup.