Lee Westwood rules himself out of contention for 2023 Ryder Cup captaincy

Westwood says he cannot commit fully to the role while he is still competitive as a player.

Lee Westwood rules himself out of contention for 2023 Ryder Cup captaincy

Lee Westwood has ruled himself out of the running to be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain.

Westwood was a strong favourite to be handed the task of regaining the trophy in Rome in 2023 after being part of the side which suffered a record 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits in September.

However, the 48-year-old has decided to focus on his playing career and could yet make a record 12th appearance as a player in the biennial contest at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome.

Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood (background) was part of the defeated European team at Whistling Straits (Anthony Behar/PA)

“But it’s almost a full-time job nowadays and that is something I can’t commit to while I’m in the top 50 (in the world) and still competitive.

“The Ryder Cup is very close to my heart and I would only take on the role if I believe I could give it 100 per cent.

“Whoever gets the job for Rome will obviously have my full backing and I’ll continue to do all I can for the Europe cause, as I’ve always tried to since my debut 24 years ago.”

Luke Donald
Team Europe’s Viktor Hovland with vice captain Luke Donald during day two of the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits (Anthony Behar/PA)

McDowell has previously said he would like to captain the side at Adare Manor in Ireland in 2027.

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