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Tiger as next Ryder Cup captain?

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the eighth green during the first round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Tiger Woods is now being strongly tipped to take over the USA Ryder Cup captaincy reins in two years’ time, according to reports.

On the heels of Team USA’s sorry beating to Team Europe, there is a clamor for the golfing world’s superstar to lead the Americans when the biennial competitions swing by Bethpage in New York.

If it pushes through, he would be replacing embattled skipper Zach Johnson.

Meanwhile, Luke Donald said he “would consider” keeping the European Ryder Cup captaincy for the next tournament in two years’ time after leading his team to victory in Rome on Sunday.

The 45-year-old, a four-time Ryder Cup winner as a player, earned rave reviews for his leadership as Europe regained the trophy with a 16.5-11.5 victory against the United States.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy led calls for Donald to skipper the side again at Bethpage Black in New York and he has not ruled it out.

“I certainly haven’t given it really any thought yet,” the Englishman told Sky Sports News. “It’s something I would have to sit down and think about.

“Of course I would consider it. I’m trying to enjoy this moment right now, enjoy this victory, and then we’ll see what happens in the future.”

Bernard Gallacher was the last European to lead the side for consecutive terms — losing twice and winning once between 1991 and 1995.

Former World No. 1 Donald has won every Ryder Cup he has taken part in as a player and captain and knows that perfect record would be on the line should he lead the side again in 2025.

“Maybe I go out leaving a legacy as a winning Ryder Cup captain and not risk that,” he said.

“Obviously going over there in New York, which would be a real cauldron, those fans are extremely passionate. It would be a really, really tough environment. If I was to do this job, and I was to go over there and win, that would be some accomplishment.”

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