Harrington named Europe's Ryder Cup capt

Padraig Harrington to lead Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Harrington, who has won three majors and played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010, was a vice-captain when Europe took back the cup under Thomas Bjorn at Paris's Le Golf National previous year.

Harrington is the third Irishman in four matches to captain Europe after McGinley and Darren Clarke, who was at the helm in a 2016 defeat at Hazeltine.

"In light of the beating suffered by Darren Clarke in Minnesota in 2016, he knows that he faces ominous odds on a tricked-up links course that will be created to suit the Americans" longest hitters.

Padraig Harrington says he "thought long and hard" about taking the Ryder Cup captaincy for 2020 on United States soil but believes it has come at the right time. You could look at this as a natural progression but it isn't something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

Harrington was the presumed captain all along, which clears the way for Lee Westwood to take the reins in Rome in 2022.

"I know taking on the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different thing, it's a different level and I'm conscious that I have to find that edge and add to it".

Team USA has yet to announce its captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

"And having been a vice-captain three times, I realise how much work is behind the scenes in being a captain".

But, from a European perspective, I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing how Harrington handles himself, and the great thing about him is that he will never hide.

Harrington has a wealth of experience when it comes to the Ryder Cup.

Harrington would go on to repay the faith his former team mate showed in him by registering two valuable points which helped ensure that Europe won by the narrowest of margins - a memorable 14 ½ to 13 ½ triumph.

Padraig Harrington is the best man for the "monumental challenge" of retaining the Ryder Cup on American soil that Europe will face next year, according to Paul McGinley.

"He's been a great ambassador for the country and golf and I'm sure he's going to do a great job for Europe as well".

But just because it seems like my turn, it's something I thought long and hard about. He's a good guy, well respected, and he's already enjoyed success as a team captain in the Presidents Cup.

"I'm the right man for the job at this time", he said.

"You don't get that day in, day out". When you're a player, you are exclusively concerned with your ability to perform on the biggest stage of all and trying to get your game in optimum shape.

"He is as European as they come".

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