Padraig Harrington named 2020 European Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington named 2020 European Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington named 2020 European Ryder Cup captain

"I've just been talking with a few of the members and everyone is delighted with the news", Mr King said.

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday.

The victor of The Open in 2007 at Carnoustie, The Open in 2008 at Royal Birkdale and the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Harrington went 9-13-3 in six consecutive appearances for Europe from 1999 through 2010, playing on four winning teams.

He will become the third Irish captain in four tournaments.

"I realize it's good timing in my career, but I always realize it's probably the best setting for the team, going to the USA having me the captain at this time".

"You could look at this as being a natural progression from player to vice-captain to captain but it's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation".

"The players want continuity, it makes my job easier that I have their confidence, they've spoken to me publicly and privately".

'Then it really came down to whether I wanted to be in the hat and put what is a successful career on the line.

Referring to Europe's thumping 17.5-10.5 win over a star-studded USA team outside Paris in September, he added: "Ideally, we would play this match tomorrow with the same 12 guys".

"I will try and bring that all together and hopefully say the right things at the right time and get the best out of that team that provides a winning performance".

Bjorn's side put on a ruthless display while outplaying the United States in a 17.5-10.5 victory at Le Golf National in September past year.

However, Bookmakers have been quick to make United States of America favourites - although they are yet to confirm their skipper with the likes of Steve Stricker and Fred Couples in contention.

But just because it seems like my turn, it's something I thought long and hard about. Making his 13th Ryder Cup appearance as a player is more likely to be his focus.

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

"I think the standard of golf on the European Tour and the players we have on tour is going to ensure that".

Two-time Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie also welcomed Harrington's selection, describing it as a "brilliant appointment".

"I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain". I was buzzing. I did a very quick interview and Olazábal was 4UP, so at the time I felt like it was given to us.

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. He's the guy you want to play.

"Padraig is playing the best golf of my team out there", Montgomerie told reporters during the first official practice day at Celtic Manor Resort. He's as straight as they come.

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