‘It’s win or nothing’ - Ryder Cup captain Harrington putting ‘legacy’ on line

‘It’s win or nothing’ - Ryder Cup captain Harrington putting ‘legacy’ on line

‘It’s win or nothing’ - Ryder Cup captain Harrington putting ‘legacy’ on line

Steve Stricker, who served as a vice captain for the past three Ryder Cups and was the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup captain, is the leading contender.

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.

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.

Harrington was chosen as Europe's 2020 Ryder Cup captain by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains - Bjørn, Clarke and McGinley - as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee representative Edoardo Molinari.

"It's not something I went into lightly".

'It's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

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"It's something I thought long and hard about".

"He's been a great ambassador for the country and golf and I'm sure he's going to do a great job for Europe as well". We've had some great captains and I've learnt from all of them.

He was the first American to top the official world golf rankings in 1992 and was a two-time victor of the Ryder Cup as a player; featuring as a vice-captain in the 2012 edition took his total involvements to six.

It is unrealistic to expect every pairing to produce results at a Ryder Cup, but Bjorn certainly enjoyed more hits than misses in the north of France.

Paul McGinley described Europe winning in the US as a "monumental" task but one that Padraig Harrington is the best man for.

Harrington becomes the third Irish captain out of the past four, following Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke. "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".

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"He's the right man at the right time in his career".

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Harrington said he knew what his goal would be over the next two years with respect to the players.

"It is a natural graduation for Padraig, not just from his playing record, which is very stellar, but also through three vice captaincies".

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.

"You know when you're going up against a guy like that that he is mentally tough and strong".

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"You don't get that day-in, day-out".

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