Steve Stricker ruled out a second spell as Ryder Cup captain, despite leading the United States to a record-breaking victory over Europe at Whistling Straits.
World number two Dustin Johnson became the first American player since Larry Nelson in 1981 to compile a perfect 5-0 record as the home side scored 19-9, the era’s biggest margin of victory. modern.
Europe won by nine points at Oakland Hills in 2004 and The K Club in 2006, while the United States also won by the same margin at Walton Heath in 1981.
Asked if he would like to be captain of the team again, with their trophy defense scheduled for Marco Simone Golf Club in Italy in 2023, Stricker said: “I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“It’s all laid out and there are guys in position to be the next captains. It was an amazing experience, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad it’s over.
Two-time major winner Zach Johnson, who was one of Stricker’s Wisconsin vice-captains, is the favorite to be given the task of leading the United States to a first victory on European soil since 1993.
And Johnson’s counterpart will likely be Lee Westwood, who has made no secret of his desire to succeed Padraig Harrington as Europe captain after making his record 11 appearance as a player at Whistling Straits.
Westwood became emotional at the post-event press conference as he spoke about his singles victory over Harris English with his son Sam on his sack.
“This might be the last game I played in the Ryder Cup,” Westwood said. “I would prefer it not, but I’m 49 this coming April, and it is likely that I will. I have to share it with my son. I won my point.
“These are special moments there. We can represent Europe there this week. It’s a great place. The other team represents the United States. Great place. Represent a lot of people. If you don’t have pride and passion then this is not for you. Don’t even bother coming.
Harrington was quick to congratulate Stricker and his team, saying: “They obviously did it right this week, a very strong team, but I’m happy for Steve Stricker. He’s one of the good guys in golf. If you’re going to get beaten by a captain, he’s a good captain for sure.
“He has obviously succeeded in his plan. Regardless of their preparation, they did a good job, and they came out and started well and kept the momentum going. It was just hard to get over.
“I believe we did our job and it just wasn’t our week. It’s hard to be a captain. I think I did what I had to do.
“I’m a pretty practical person, but I know I needed to be more than that when you’re the captain of the Ryder Cup. I think I managed to bring these guys together, and, okay, we didn’t get the results we wanted, but I think we were a team, and that’s the most important thing. at the end of the day.