Harrington to captain Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup

Harrington to captain Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington says there is "no doubt" Rory McIlroy will be included in Europe's 2020 Ryder Cup team as he dismissed doubts about the Northern Irishman's commitment.

Six of the last seven contests have been won by the home side and, as Harrington himself has pointed out, it took a "Miracle at Medinah" for the one away victory to occur.

The 47-year-old is well aware of the damage a Ryder Cup loss can do to a captain's reputation, having played under six-time major victor Sir Nick Faldo in Europe's defeat at Valhalla in 2008.

The objective will be to keep the trophy that Thomas Bjorn's men claimed so masterfully at the Le Golf National just outside Paris in September 2018.

He said: "I felt it was the right time for me to go for it". "I've actually learned a lot more as vice-captain than you do as a player".

'It does make my job easier that I feel I have the confidence of the players, ' Harrington added.

"I think the standard of golf on the European Tour and the players we have on tour is going to ensure that".

"I think what they are really saying is that they liked what they saw and they would like a continuation of what they have seen and not to rock the boat too much".

Harrington, a victor of two Open Championship titles and the US PGA Championship, has been named as Thomas Bjorn's successor for 2020.

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'Obviously I'm thrilled to be named as Ryder Cup captain, it's not something I went into lightly, ' said the three-time major victor.

A victor in four of his six Ryder Cup appearances as a player, Harrington was also a vice-captain in 2014 and 2016 under Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.

There is a risk, as he knows, of the Ryder Cup wreaking similar havoc with his mind.

"I'm the right man for the job at this time", he said.

Harrington compiled a 9-13-3 Ryder Cup record as an individual, playing on six consecutive European squads between 1999-2010.

Steve Stricker is expected to be named the Captain for the 2020 United States of America side, and Harrington previously said thinks he will be a "nice" Captain, but says he is not to be underestimated. When you're a player, you are exclusively concerned with your ability to perform on the biggest stage of all and trying to get your game in optimum shape.

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

While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest.

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