Padraig Harrington named Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain

11 January, 2019, 13:17 | Author: Isabel Grant
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It was confirmed on Tuesday that Harrington, 47, would lead Europe's bid to retain the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next year.

"Great news to wake up to", said Donald, who played on three Ryder Cup teams with Harrington in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

"It's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation", Harrington, a three-time major champion, said when he was presented as captain at a media conference at the European Tour's headquarters at Wentworth.

He has learnt from some of the great European captains and golfing figures - Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Paul McGinley - and said he will take little bits from each in a bid to maintain Europe's dominance in the event.

"I didn't really know much of what was going on".

"I know they want continuity", Harrington said, referring to Europe's top players, "and it is a very important thing".

'It's possibly easier to be Ryder Cup captain at home, but I realise it was good timing in my career and probably the best chance for the team in an worldwide setting, going to the U.S. having me as captain at this time.

It remains to be seen who will captain the United States of America in 2020, although Fred Couples and Steve Stricker are thought to be among the leading candidates to follow in the footsteps of Jim Furyk. Making his 13th Ryder Cup appearance as a player is more likely to be his focus.

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The desire to intellectualise, even mythologise the role of a Ryder Cup captain has reached such farcical levels of late, you might believe it demands the esoteric judgement of a nuclear physicist.

A year earlier, he recalled a moment during his debut at Brookline, reaching the par-three sixteenth in his singles match against Mark O'Meara when he recognised captain Mark James' discomfort at Harrington seeking his advice on what club to use.

While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest.

"He's the right man at the right time in his career".

"There seems to be a natural progression at the moment", Harrington said of the European Ryder Cup selection process for Captains. And I don't take it lightly. "Good guy. Tough. Not a man to underestimate".

"But it is daunting because you want to do a good job". "When you're thinking of taking this job, you have to wonder, "Hang on a second, I could do everything right and end up on the wrong side of this". He's tough but very straight.

"Padraig is playing the best golf of my team out there", Montgomerie told reporters during the first official practice day at Celtic Manor Resort.

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