Paul Lawrie: I've missed best chance of Ryder Cup captaincy

The Aberdonian is still keen on lead role in 2020 but thinks opportunity has probably passed.

Paul Lawrie has conceded his best chance of captaining Europe at the Ryder Cup has probably now gone.

Earlier this week, Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe's captain for the 2018 tournament in Paris, a role Lawrie was keen on.

The 47-year-old Scot admitted his disappointment but said he could fully understand why Bjorn had been chosen. 

Lawrie said the timing had been right for him and he may not be a leading contender when the 2020 tournament comes around.

"By 2020 obviously I'll be a little bit older and a little bit more on the Seniors Tour which might take me out of it a little bit," he told STV.

"I think this was my best chance of being the captain."

Lawrie represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1999 and 2012 as a player and was vice-captain this year as United States won at Hazeltine. 

He felt that not being a vice-captain in 2014 may have been a factor in missing out this time.

"I'm not saying my chance has totally gone but not being a vice-captain at Gleneagles has obviously hurt me in not getting the job this time," he said. 

"I'm not blaming Paul McGinley for that. He had the people round about him that he wanted and that's he's 100% got to do but I think that's one of the small reasons that I didn't get it this time."

Despite his disappointment, Lawrie was enthusiastic about Bjorn and backed him to be a success in the role.

"I'm absolutely chuffed for Thomas," he said. "I've known him a long, long time.

"He'll do a great job and he'll devote an unbelievable amount of time to the job.

"He's already said that it's the highest honour and that he can't wait and it's the biggest thing in his life coming up so he's going to be ace."

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