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Padraig Harrington named Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington named Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain

Padraig Harrington was announced as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup on Tuesday, but his United States counterpart remains unknown.

Following Europe's demolition of the United States in France previous year, Harrington had been viewed as the only candidate to preside over a defence.

The three-time major champion was the overwhelming favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn, who led Europe to a famous seven-point win at Le Golf National in an impressive response to Team USA's resounding triumph at Hazeltine in 2016.

The three-time major victor succeeds Dane Thomas Bjorn and becomes just the second golfer from the Republic of Ireland to take the reins for the tournament after Paul McGinley, who was victorious in 2014.

After the last Ryder Cup in Paris, two very prominent members of the European team - Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy - gave their public backing to Padraig Harrington.

An announcement is expected at a press conference at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters. This is not something I went into lightly. "I've actually learned a lot more as vice-captain than you do as a player. So I am putting something on the line going out there". For the best part of the next two years the 47-year-old will live and breathe the Ryder Cup.

"It's close on 18 months to go, it really is a full-time job, the Ryder Cup, trying to get everything in preparation", Harrington added. "He's become a leader in the team room", said Harrington.

The Europeans have won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups.

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'Then it really came down to whether I wanted to be in the hat and put what is a successful career on the line.

Harrington, who won back-to-back British Opens in 2007 and 2008 before going on to win his third major at that year's PGA Championship, also played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010, helping Europe to four victories.

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

Padraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup after being appointed as the European Ryder Cup Captain for The 2020 Ryder Cup.

"A successful captain is great".

"You can't do everything as a captain, your very much defined by the quality of your vice-captains and you have to rely on them a lot". I strongly looked at the fact that we are going to a golf course that is at least European style.

However, Bookmakers have been quick to make US favourites - although they are yet to confirm their skipper with the likes of Steve Stricker and Fred Couples in contention.

"He wants to win the Masters and those words are coming out but his actions are not that way at all".


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