Harrington chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup skipper

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

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.

McGinley believes the selection of his vice-captains will be key to Harrington taking on that challenge successfully.

"He gets the glory, the opportunity to be loved on the golf course".

Four-time Ryder Cup victor Harrington, who is not able to play at the moment having broken his wrist falling down the stairs at Christmas, acknowledged the size of the task he faced in winning at Whistling Straits, a course he knows well having competed three times there in the PGA Championship.

That is one of the big advantages when it is your turn to host this mega-event and Darren Clarke faced the flawless storm of a Hazeltine course created to suit big-hitting Americans, as a team bristling from the memory of how they had collapsed against the Gleneagles challenge sought revenge at all costs. "We've had good performances from Europeans on that golf course for years". "I want to be a winning captain".

4 October 2010; Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory Mcllroy, Team Europe, with the Ryder Cup.

Team Europe has dominated the Ryder Cup in recent years, winning nine of the last 12 biennial contests.

Lawrie could well be named a Vice Captain by Harrington, but with plenty of other players being prepped for the job and Lee Westwood hinting he wants it in 2022, will there ever be the right time for the Scot? "He could do anything in a Ryder Cup, he could gee you up if needs be or he could be calm and chilled out".

Harrington - who has won 30 titles worldwide - was selected by a five man panel, which included McGinley, Bjorn and the losing 2016 skipper Darren Clarke.

The 47-year-old Irishman is also convinced Rory McIlroy will be fully committed to the European cause despite his pro-American comments made in Hawaii last week.

24 September 2006; Padraig Harrington, Team Europe 2006, celebrates with the tricolour on the balcony of the clubhouse after victory over the USA.

"He'll be very diligent, there's no doubt about that, very confident and hopefully continue this great run of success we're having in the European team".

He is a close friend of Shane Lowry (who has yet to play Ryder Cup fare) and players like England's Matt Wallace see what he has achieved as something they would like to emulate in their own careers.

But while the concensus is that this is the right time, and he is the right man, to Captain the side when they head to Whistling Straits, it's still a blow to one former Ryder Cup player who thinks his shot at the job is now over: Paul Lawrie.

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