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Padraig Harrington named Europe Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington named Europe Ryder Cup captain”

The worst kept secret in golf is out, with Padraig Harrington announced as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. "Because you are putting it on the line when you become a Ryder Cup captain", Harrington said.

He's played on five of six victorious European Teams and has been a vice-captain on the past three Ryder Cup's including working closely with Thomas Bjorn in helping steer Europe to an emphatic seven-point success last October in France.

Harrington, of Ireland, was a vice captain on the past three European teams, victories at Gleneagles in 2014 and Le Golf National in 2018 and a loss at Hazeltine in 2016.

Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as the European Ryder Cup captain for next year's contest at Whistling Straits.

An announcement is expected at a press conference at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters.

He said: "I felt it was the right time for me to go for it".

"You look at this being a natural progression, but it's not something I have taken on without trepidation".

"It does make my job easier that I feel I have the confidence of the players", Harrington added. "That's something I don't take lightly". We've had some great captains over the years and I've learned from all of them.

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.

Harrington has a storied Ryder Cup career, having represented Europe six times as a player - including being part of four triumphs.

The keys to the European Ryder Cup machine have officially been handed over to Padraig Harrington.

"You are putting it on the line when you become the Ryder Cup captain".

Harrington, who hoisted the trophy four times during an illustrious playing career, can only dream his men will unleash such heroics on the greens and fairways in America when he leads them into the fray. "When I talked to the other players and potential captains going forward, it seemed to fit nicely that I go and do the away match".

"So yes, I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain".

Harrington, who is now out of action after slipping and breaking a bone in his wrist, says selecting five vice-captains is "a must" and now favours three wildcard picks.

Asked if he would be willing to do something similar, Harrington replied with a smile: "You know, we're all about continuity on the European Tour". As a player you are very one-dimensional about doing your thing and getting on with performing.



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