Is this the right man to lead Europe?

Graeme McDow­ell backs Padraig Har­ring­ton for cap­tain in France in 2018

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Graeme McDow­ell has backed Padraig Har­ring­ton to be the next skip­per of the Euro­pean team, though he be­lieves there will be three other can­di­dates vy­ing to be se­lected for the Ry­der Cup in 2018.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man did not play in the 17-11 loss at Hazel­tine, but cer­tainly knows what it takes to emerge vic­to­ri­ous hav­ing tri­umphed in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

And the 2010 US Open cham­pion feels as though Har­ring­ton is the lead­ing can­di­date to lead the team in Paris given his im­pres­sive record as a player.

“You’ve got to be look­ing at Har­ring­ton, [Thomas] Bjorn, [Paul] Lawrie – who has thrown his hat into the ring and has been given the re­sound­ing rec­om­men­da­tion of Sam Torrance – and prob­a­bly [Miguel An­gel] Jimenez.

“I think Lee West­wood prob­a­bly has one or two more Ry­der Cups left in him, so I look at one of those other four guys.

“Har­ring­ton cer­tainly has the right play­ing cre­den­tials. It would be the third Ir­ish­man in a row, so if you guys are sick of hav­ing Ir­ish cap­tains you might want to have a year off.

“But any of those four would be phenom­e­nal. It’s not as though any­thing needs to change.

“Our tem­plate on how to win Ry­der Cups re­mains solid. They just ran into the bet­ter team last week and there was noth­ing they could do about it.

“You had a US team that was hun­gry, fired up on home soil and the stars aligned – just one of those things.”

Mean­while, four-time cap­tain Tony Jack­lin be­lieves the Euro­pean Tour must change their rules ahead of 2018.

“The likes of [Paul] Casey and [Rus­sell] Knox should have been in the team,” he said. “Fu­ture cap­tains need to have the 12 best play­ers at their dis­posal. We need to look at the sys­tem.

“Hav­ing to be a mem­ber of the Tour in the mod­ern-day game is a bit con­fin­ing.”

Casey was not avail­able for se­lec­tion as he was not a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Tour.

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