Lee Westwood eyes 2020 Ryder Cup Captaincy

<div class="news_article"><p>Lee Westwood endured the least productive Ryder Cup of his 10-match career two weeks ago but it has not diluted the veteran campaigner's dreams of captaining Europe in the biennial event in 2020.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/614101262" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/614101262?et=6szk8BYIRZ1zCTLM4XkQWw&viewMoreLink=off&sig=wNK9DRoRjijMgLlW4B7lVIB8f_Vw80D_UxsqKrNkM2c=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>The former world number one was hoping to surpass Nick Faldo's record Ryder Cup points tally in Minnesota earlier this month. However, not only did his team slip to a 17-11 defeat, the Englishman failed to register a point in his three outings.</p><p>&quot;I certainly wouldn't want to be the captain next time around, that's too soon for me,&quot; Westwood told a news conference on the eve of the British Masters at The Grove in Watford.</p><p>&quot;But I think 2020 is definitely on my radar. There are a lot of candidates for it but I'll be putting my name in the ring for sure, it's something I'd like to do.&quot;</p><p>Westwood's preference for the next edition in Paris in two years' time would be to qualify for his 11th consecutive Ryder Cup as a player.</p><p>Failing that, he would like to move into the backroom team and gain experience as a deputy skipper.</p><p>&quot;I've played in 10 and witnessed 10 different forms of captaincy,&quot; said the 43-year-old. &quot;I'd like to maybe play again but if I can't play again, I'd like to do the assistant captain's role.</p><p>&quot;I paid a lot of attention to what Darren (Clarke) and his assistant captains were doing this year.&quot;</p><p>Despite the emphatic margin of defeat, Westwood felt there was little to choose between Europe and the U.S. at Hazeltine National.</p><p>&quot;I thought both teams played well,&quot; he said. &quot;The Americans did to us what we've been doing to them for the last 20 years.</p><p>&quot;They probably holed more putts than us, not a lot in it tee-to-green.&quot;</p><p>Westwood suffered a fallout from the Ryder Cup when he opened with a 75 and an 82 at last week's Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland before going on to miss the three-round cut. He was, though, delighted to be back on home soil.</p><p>&quot;I love playing tournaments in Britain,&quot; said Westwood. &quot;The crowds are fantastic, they turn out in the thousands.</p><p>&quot;They create a great atmosphere and we play some lovely golf courses as well. This week is no different... it's nice to see the British Masters going from strength-to-strength.&quot;</p></div>