Padraig Harrington chosen as Europe captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

Florence Fletcher
January 11, 2019

PADRAIG HARRINGTON has admitted the prospect of leading Europe at the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits is both a thrilling and daunting prospect. "Because you are putting it on the line when you become a Ryder Cup captain", Harrington said.

The appointment of the three-time major champion, 47, was announced in a news conference at Wentworth on Tuesday.

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.

Harrington is the third Irish captain of the Europe team in the last four stagings of the match.

"Obviously I'm thrilled", said the three-time major victor. I suppose you could look at this as being a natural progression, you move on from player to Vice Captain to Captain, but it's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

"It's something I thought long and hard about".

"I will definitely take bits from all of them".

"I think what they are really saying is that they liked what they saw and they would like a continuation of what they have seen and not to rock the boat too much".

He has got great experience in the USA, so he won't be intimidated.

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'Obviously I'm thrilled to be named as Ryder Cup captain, it's not something I went into lightly, ' said the three-time major victor.

Bjorn and previous captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are on the panel that will decide who will lead Europe to America. "I have to ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win".

"The reminder we have every day is the Harrington Room where we have all his trophies from his amateur days right through to the Walker Cup, Ryder Cup, then the Majors and competitions around the world", Mr King said.

So, step forward, Harrington who ticks all the future captaincy boxes. "It seems to be the right time and place for me in my career".

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

Crucially, Bjorn knew exactly what he wanted and selected players accordingly.

Harrington has been encouraged by what he said was the "unanimous" support of Europe's players.

While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest. However, Harrington will know the alternate-shot format is an area where his men can gain an advantage.

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