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Padraig Harrington named Europe’s captain for 2020 Ryder Cup
The three-time major winner succeeds Thomas Bjorn in the role
Padraig Harrington has been named as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup, which will take place at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin next September.
The three-time major winner succeeds Thomas Bjorn in the role, four months after the Dane skippered Europe to victory in the 2018 edition of the tournament.
Harrington has served as vice-captain in each of the last three Ryder Cups, and has also represented Europe as a player on six occasions.
He was part of the winning teams in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 after first appearing at Brookline in 1999.
Individually Harrington has won three majors – The Open in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship, also in 2008 – and he spent over 300 weeks in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10.
The 47-year-old has played at Whistling Straits on three occasions, meaning he has good experience of the course for the upcoming Ryder Cup.
“It’s something I did think long and hard about,” Harrington said during a press conference to announce his appointment at the European Tour’s headquarters at Wentworth.
“It’s possibly easier to be Ryder Cup captain at home, but I realise it was good timing in my career and probably the best chance for the team in an international setting, going to the US having me as captain at this time.
“Then it really came down to whether I wanted to be in the hat and put what is a successful career on the line. It is a different element to your career and we know a successful captain is great and a losing captain, it’s his fault. I am putting something on the line going out there.
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“I’m well aware that it’s win or nothing, that’s the way it goes. You go out there and win and you’re a successful captain; you lose, you’re not. I’m aware that I could have passed up on this and just kept on going as a nice tournament golfer.
“When you’re a Ryder Cup captain, you’re putting the history of your game – your legacy – on the line.”