Padraig Harrington confirmed as 2020 Ryder Cup captain


The Irishman was named captain of the Europe team for the 2020 competition at the Whistling Straits course in the American state of Wisconsin.

"Obviously I'm thrilled to be named the Ryder Cup Captain for 2020", Harrington said at the press conference announcing the Captaincy on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old has served as a vice-captain for the past three Ryder Cups, most recently under the leadership of Denmark's Thomas Bjørn last September when Europe won the trophy back from the United States with an emphatic 17½-10½ victory in France.

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.

And after Thomas Bjorn led Europe to victory last October those on the winning the European Team, including Rory Mcllroy and Justin Rose, have been out-spoken in declaring they want "continuation" in the naming of the 2020 European Captain.

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"I have to be a confident captain as much as I need 12 confident players". I suppose you could look at this as being a natural progression, you move on from player to vice captain to captain.

I really want to be a help.

"We're going to a new venue, it's an away match, and we're going to have on average three more rookies coming into the team", he added.

"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".

Following Europe's demolition of the United States in France past year, Harrington had been viewed as the only candidate to preside over a defence. He will be 100 percent behind and in that Ryder Cup team, there's no doubt about it.

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Harrington is known to have been a popular choice among the team that stormed to victory in Paris previous year.

The PGA of America might be tempted to go for someone with a winning pedigree as Ryder Cup captain, with Davis Love III and Paul Azinger top of a very short list! I really feel conscious that I have to find that edge. 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.

"But I don't put myself under the same pressure, I don't worry about it so much". "I don't think I ever thought I wasn't going to do it, but I wanted to make sure I was doing it for the right reasons". As a player you are very one-dimensional about doing your thing and getting on with performing.

"Padraig is playing the best golf of my team out there", Montgomerie told reporters during the first official practice day at Celtic Manor Resort.

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