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Lee Westwood Would Make One Big Change If He Is Named Ryder Cup Captain

Lee Westwood Would Make One Big Change If He Is Named Ryder Cup Captain

Only a couple days after Europe's humbling in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, attention will already be turning on how to ensure a much more positive outcome when the event hits Rome in 2023.

The Americans completely outclassed the visiting team on the course, with their greater individual firepower certainly making a huge difference. Some of the decisions made by European captain Padraig Harrington have been questioned, but it is unlikely he could have done much to reverse the result on this occasion.

Focus will now shift onto who will lead the Europeans in 2023. Lee Westwood is the name that has been most frequently mentioned, although he could still be in playing contention having played in the event for the 11th time last week.

Speaking after Sunday's singles, Westwood said that he still had playing ambitions for 2023, but that he would certainly consider the role. Having questioned the qualification format for this year's event, the Englishman also admitted that he had already thought about how he would change up the process were he to named captain.

I assume I’ll get three or four months to think about it but people keep coming up and saying 'are you going to be the captain in Rome?’.

I’d prefer to play but Father Time’s not kind is he? Trust me, it’s better playing than it is watching...

Obviously being Ryder Cup captain is a massive honour and it is something I’d want to do, why wouldn’t you? I’m sure Padraig’s enjoyed it even though it’s not gone right for him this week.

It’s got to be some time in my future but I don’t want to let go yet...

My first thought would be four (qualifiers) off the European points list, four off the world list and four picks.

There’s got to be some sort of qualifying because you want your players to play under pressure. That was the nice thing about Bernd (Wiesberger) doing everything late on in Switzerland and Wentworth.

You knew he would drop into the Ryder Cup and he came out and birdied the first two holes. If you can play under pressure and qualify for the team you can come out here and represent the team when you get under the heat.

I just feel like Wentworth is a massive tournament which should stand on its own, it shouldn’t need the distraction of it being the last qualifying event.

But that’s the nice thing, different captains have different ideas. And that’s the nice thing about playing under 11 different ones.

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Having an extra captain's pick would be one way to help the next captain shape the team, with America's Steve Stricker opting to have six in the 2021 edition.

Paul McGinley has also suggested a number of ways for Europe to close the gap over the next couple of years and it certainly seems that something will need to change in order to stop the USA from dominating the Ryder Cup for the foreseeable future.

SEE ALSO: Paul McGinley Names 3 Vital Changes Europe Must Make To Challenge In Ryder Cup

Gary Connaughton

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