In Summary
  • Meanwhile his main rival Lee Westwood had expressed his desire to try and qualify as a player
  • Harrington acknowledged the size of the task he faced in winning at Whistling Straits
  • The US are yet to name their next captain, with 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples and Steve Stricker among the leading candidates

LONDON

Padraig Harrington has been handed the task of defending Europe's Ryder Cup title in the United States in 2020 after being named team captain on Tuesday.

The three-time major winner 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.

Harrington - who has won 30 titles worldwide - was selected by a five man panel, which included McGinley, Bjorn and the losing 2016 skipper Darren Clarke.

"I'm thrilled to be named as Ryder Cup captain for 2020, it's not something I went into lightly," he said.

"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."

Harrington was clear favourite for the role after receiving high profile support for his nomination from the likes of Northern Irish superstar Rory McIlroy. Meanwhile his main rival Lee Westwood had expressed his desire to try and qualify as a player.

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

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