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Harrington Chosen As Captain For 2020 Ryder Cup

11 January 2019

Cape Town - Padraig Harrington has been named as the European captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 25-27, 2020.

Management continuity is widely seen as one of the factors in Europe's recent success, the team winning nine of the last 12 biennial contests.

The 47-year-old Irishman has a vast amount of Ryder Cup experience, having played in the contest six times and been a vice-captain for the last three matches.

Harrington, of Ireland, was a vice captain on the past three European teams, victories at Gleneagles in 2014 and Le Golf National in 2018 and a loss at Hazeltine in 2016.

Irish star Padraig Harrington has been named as the European Captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

In the news conference to announce his appointment, Harrington highlighted his personality as being similar to that of Bernhard Langer, another European skipper who was immensely successful in forging a winning mentality.

"I've learned from all of them", he said.

'It does make my job easier that I feel I have the confidence of the players, ' Harrington added. But I think that's a road you should not go down.

"I really want to be a help". We've had some great captains and I've learnt from all of them.

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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.

The keys to the European Ryder Cup machine have officially been handed over to Padraig Harrington.

"I know we're going to a new venue".

"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". "You just have to know the man behind the scenes".

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Harrington, who is now out of action after slipping and breaking a bone in his wrist, says selecting five vice-captains is "a must" and now favours three wildcard picks.

As he alluded to, Harrington had gained the support of several Ryder Cup players past and present prior to the announcement, including Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn and Lee Westwood.

"It's something that you'd better embrace because you know it will have that asterisk (next to your name) if you don't win it".

Harrington Chosen As Captain For 2020 Ryder Cup