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Rose backs ‘European legend’ Harrington to lead continent’s Ryder Cup defence

Team Europe's Justin Rose on the fourth green during the singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. (Picture Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
Team Europe's Justin Rose on the fourth green during the singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. (Picture Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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Justin Rose has backed Padraig Harrington to be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain.

World No 2 Rose was part of the European team led by Thomas Bjorn which beat the United States in Paris at the end of last month.

Talk has already turned to who will take charge when Europe defend their crown at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2020.

Rose believes Irishman Harrington is an ideal candidate and also feels Lee Westwood is in contention. “I would say Padraig for me would be the front-runner. If he doesn’t do it this time then I’m not sure...you’ve got to start fitting guys in,” said Rose. “(Lee) Westwood’s still capable of making a team next time around I believe, so is Padraig. Padraig’s been on the leaderboard a bunch this year so I would say three-time major champion, a European legend, for me Padraig is the front-runner and then you’ve got Westwood.”

Rose, who had a brief spell as world No 1 last month, is hosting the British Masters at Walton Heath this week.

Reigning US Open and US PGA champion Brooks Koepka has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for 2018.

Justin Rose playing for Europe during the recent Ryder Cup (Picture: PA)

Justin Rose playing for Europe during the recent Ryder Cup (Picture: PA)

Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back US Open titles at Shinnecock Hills and then held off Tiger Woods to win a third major title in the US PGA at Bellerive.

This season has given me a couple more strings to my bow, to be able to say I’ve got to world number one is a nice tag line and it’s a nice milestone to say you’ve achieved in your career and in your sport.”

Justin Rose