Padraig Harrington unveiled as European Ryder Cup captain for 2020

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

Padraig Harrington will lead Europe into the next Ryder Cup.

Harrington was chosen as Europe's 2020 Ryder Cup captain by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains - Bjørn, Clarke and McGinley - as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee representative Edoardo Molinari.

Having said that, I doubt if we'll see the course set up in the same way as it would be for a major. I suppose you could look at this as being a natural progression, you move on from player to vice captain to captain.

"I think it will mean a lot, it's a great honour for him", two-time Ryder Cup player Des Smyth told RTÉ Sport. I know they want continuity.

"A successful captain is great".

"The first few days of the Ryder Cup there's four different arenas going on at the same time and you really need one pair eyes focused on [all of it], so the values of the vice-captain are going to be very important to him".

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday. This is a guy who has become a world class player a couple of times late in his career without the firepower and arsenal other players have.


The Irishman played in six Ryder Cups (four wins) and was vice captain at the last three (Gleneagles, Hazeltine and Paris). "I have to be part of that team and ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win", said Harrington, who accrued 10 1/2 Ryder Cup points since he made his debut in 1999.

"I know we are going to a new venue, it's an away match".

However, Bookmakers have been quick to make US favourites - although they are yet to confirm their skipper with the likes of Steve Stricker and Fred Couples in contention. "You just have to know the man behind the scenes".

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

Harrington has promised to "find an edge" but it's the United States who are favourites to land the Ryder Cup on home soil at 8/13, with Harrington a 6/4 shot to win the match and defend the trophy the Europeans won so emphatically in Paris a year ago.

Several key Europe players, including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and England's Justin Rose, had given Harrington public backing to lead the team in their title defence. As a player you are very one-dimensional about doing your thing and getting on with performing.

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