Europe name Irishman as 2020 Ryder Cup captain for vanguard sports

Europe name Irishman as 2020 Ryder Cup captain for vanguard sports ,

Padraig Harrington will captain Europe when they defend the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in the US in 2020.

The Irishman, 47, was a vice-captain when Europe won the trophy back under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn in France in September.

Harrington played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 and was on the winning team on four occasions.

“I’ve won three majors in my career but taking the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different level,” he said.

“I want to find an edge to get the players to perform to best of their abilities and hopefully get a win.

“I’m really conscious that I have to find the edge and add to it. It’s going to take a great deal of my time over the next two years to do it.”

Players including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose backed Harrington to lead Europe at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Harrington, who won the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 and the US PGA Championship in 2008, has experience of the course, although he missed the cut when the PGA Championship was played there in 2010 and 2015.

The likes of former world number ones Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were mooted as potential captains, though Westwood – who was also a vice-captain under Bjorn – has indicated a preference for taking the role on at the 2022 event in Rome.

“I have the support of the players, then it really came down to whether I wanted to be in the hat.

“I’m putting it on the line – we know when you’re a successful Ryder Cup captain it’s great and a losing captain – it’s his fault.”

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