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Padraig Harrington confirmed as 2020 Ryder Cup captain

11 January, 2019, 00:30 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as the European Ryder Cup Captain for the 2020 contest at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin from the 25 to 27 September.

Two-time Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie also welcomed Harrington's selection, describing it as a "brilliant appointment".

It was Harrington's ninth Ryder Cup - his third as a vice-captain after six as a player - and Bjorn believes the three-time major victor has the support of his peers.

The Irishman will become the third captain from the Emerald Isle in four Ryder Cups.

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.

"It's not something I went into lightly". "I'm thrilled but it's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation".

But just because it seems like my turn, it's something I thought long and hard about. How am I going to feel about that?' 'It's a natural graduation, part of the succession plan that has been in place and one of the reasons we've had so much success, ' McGinley said.

"The first few days of the Ryder Cup there's four different arenas going on at the same time and you really need one pair eyes focused on [all of it], so the values of the vice-captain are going to be very important to him".

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Bjorn and previous captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are on the panel that will decide who will lead Europe to America.

"You are putting it on the line when you become the Ryder Cup captain". Harrington, whose experience of the Ryder Cup is vast, must make sure he is just as thorough in determining who is worthy of a pick.

Steve Stricker is expected to be named the Captain for the 2020 U.S. side, and Harrington previously said thinks he will be a "nice" Captain, but says he is not to be underestimated. "I have to ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win".

"I know we are going to a new venue, it's an away match". However, Harrington will know the alternate-shot format is an area where his men can gain an advantage.

"So yes, I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain".

"He has done three vice-captaincies and I think he's ready for this job".

Pavard played in six of France's seven games at the World Cup finals, only missing their final group game against Denmark, and he scored his first global goal in the last-16 clash with Argentina.

Harrington played in the biennial event in six consecutive contests, including winningm teams in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

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