Harrington chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup skipper

Harrington chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup skipper

Harrington chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup skipper

Three-time major victor Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

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

Harrington, 47, a three-time major victor who played on six European teams, takes over for Thomas Bjorn, who oversaw a rousing success in France in September when Europe defeated the Americans 16½ to 9½, a seventh victory in the last 10 Ryder Cups.

The three-time major victor succeeds Dane Thomas Bjorn and becomes just the second golfer from the Republic of Ireland to take the reins for the tournament after Paul McGinley, who was victorious in 2014.

The 47-year old Dubliner became the overwhelming favourite when England's Lee Westwood confirmed late last year, he was not interested in the 2020 Captaincy and instead, he is focussed on leading Europe in 2022 at Rome.

Harrington said: "I know a number of players have come out and said they feel I should be the next captain". You could look at this as being a natural progression, a move on from player to vice-captain to captain but it's not something that I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

"I'm excited with the whole idea, I hope I can add something to it", added Harrington. "It's not something I went into lightly".

"I have played under, and been involved with, many wonderful European captains since I made my debut in the contest 20 years ago and I would like to think that my captaincy will be a mix of all of them".

"A successful captain is great".

There will certainly be more pressure being a Ryder Cup captain, particularly on home soil, and I'm expecting Stricker to find out the difference first hand. Harrington, whose experience of the Ryder Cup is vast, must make sure he is just as thorough in determining who is worthy of a pick.

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

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

"I felt it was the right time for me to go for it and when you talk to the other players I certainly have their support and when I talk to the vice captains and potential captains going forward it seemed to fit very nicely that I go and do the away match".

"I know it's tough to win in the States, " Harrington said. While the USA captain for 2020 has not yet been announced, 2017 Presidents Cup captain and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is perceived as the favorite to lead the American squad in his home state.

"I want to be a winning captain".

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

"You don't get that day-in, day-out.

He's become a leader in the team room", said Harrington.

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