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Padraig Harrington chosen as Europe captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington chosen as Europe captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

The Dubliner will lead Europe against the US at Whistling Straits next year.

The three-time Major Champion has extensive experience with Europe in the Ryder Cup, playing six times whilst also been a vice-captain for the last three matches.

Harrington succeeds Thomas Bjorn, having served as a vice-captain as the Dane oversaw an emphatic European success at Le Golf National in September.

McIlroy has competed in the last five Ryder Cups, winning in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018.

"We have seen once or twice in the past - once, anyway - where your captain has done a half-hearted job and it doesn't end well", said the Irishman, after his appointment was announced at the European Tour's headquarters at Wentworth.

I'm thrilled. It's not something I went into lightly.

"I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain". I felt it was the right time for me to go for it. It's possibly easier to be Ryder Cup captain at home but I realise it was good timing in my career and probably the best chance for the team in an worldwide setting, going to the USA having me as captain at this time.

Harrington spoke of finding that little edge to give Europe the best possible chance of retaining the trophy in Wisconsin, and he'll leave no stone unturned over the next 18 months or so.

Six of the last seven contests have been won by the home side and, as Harrington himself has pointed out, it took a "Miracle at Medinah" for the one away victory to occur.

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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 follows in the footsteps of Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.

"I have had a successful career, and you want to always be successful in the golfing sphere because of what I've done", he said.

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

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

"I can only look at his actions".

"He gets the glory, the opportunity to be loved on the golf course". He won't want to change a winning formula, he knows what works and - perhaps more importantly - what doesn't work, and he'll stick with that.

"You know when you're going up against a guy like that that he is mentally tough and strong". I think Padraig will be blessed with an even better team.


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