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Wednesday 17th October 2018

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 17.10.18 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2018. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily, Liam Kelly Design: Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team I t is now almost official - Padraig Harrington will captain Europe into the 2020 Ryder Cup. We spoke last week to Paul McGinley, one of five who will vote in early December to choose the 2020 European Team cap- tain, with the victorious 2014 Gle- neagles captain hinting the only stumbling block could be whether or not Lee Westwood will throw his cap into the Whistling Straits captaincy ring. Westwood answered that ques- tion at last week's British Masters and 'No', he will not oppose Har- rington, rather waiting until the 2022 match in Rome. "I'd like to be playing in two years' time," said the 45-year- old Westwood. "I think Padraig Harrington is the ideal candidate for the captaincy. I'd prefer to do it in Rome if possible." It now begs the question wheth- er the selection panel featuring European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, the previous three captains in Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and McGinley need to meet at all. Bjorn however, has stated the obvious. "There's a process to go through and I think you've got to look at whether we are covering all bas- es," he said. "But I've always said when you've got somebody that's a three-time major champion and has the pedigree Padraig has and holds the respect of the players With Lee Westwood now out of the reckoning for the 2020 European Ryder Cup Captaincy, it's hard to see any name but Padraig's taking charge. WESTWOOD STANDS ASIDE FOR HARRINGTON TO CAPTAIN IN 2020 that he does, it would be difficult to see him not doing it at some stage. "If he wants it this time around, it's difficult to get around that he is very much the favourite to get the job." It all seems a done deal that Ireland will crown its third Ryder Cup captain in four stagings.

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