Padraig Harrington is the overwhelming favourite to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain in 2020

  • Lee Westwood had previously expressed a desire to captain Europe in 2020
  • He has decided to ‘wait until Rome’ in 2020, so Padraig Harrington is favourite
  • Justin Rose has backed ‘perfect candidate’ Harrington to lead at Whistling Straits
  • Westwood and Harrington were among Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup vice-captains

Lee Westwood has ruled himself out of the running to be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, leaving Padraig Harrington as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn.

Westwood had previously expressed a desire to captain Europe at Whistling Straits in 2020, but told the Daily Telegraph he would ‘wait until Rome’ hosts the biennial contest in 2022 to make his bid for the role.

The 45-year-old also told Sky Sports News that he felt three-time major winner Harrington was the ‘perfect candidate’ and ‘better equipped’ to lead Europe’s attempt to retain the trophy won in convincing style at Le Golf National.

Padraig Harrington is the overwhelming favourite to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain in 2020
Padraig Harrington is the overwhelming favourite to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain in 2020

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