Padraig Harrington 'Thrilled' To Be Team Europe Captain For 2020 Ryder Cup

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Padraig Harrington says he is "putting a successful career on the line" after being named Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: "Padraig Harrington says he has been encouraged by the support for him as the new Ryder Cup captain but it hasn't done enough to increase the confidence of punters".

Harrington, 47, a three-time major victor who played on six European teams, takes over for Thomas Bjorn, who oversaw a rousing success in France in September when Europe defeated the Americans 16½ to 9½, a seventh victory in the last 10 Ryder Cups.

"Obviously I'm thrilled", said the three-time major victor.

"I want to find an edge to get the players to perform to best of their abilities and hopefully get a win", he said.

"I didn't really know much of what was going on".

"I know we want continuity in Europe, we want to keep moving along and ideally we play the Ryder Cup tomorrow with the same twelve guys".

Europe were beaten 17-11 on their last attempt to retain the trophy in the United States and, while McGinley believes it will be a tall order to do so this time around at Whistling Straits, he believes Harrington should have plenty of reason for encouragement. 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.

Irishman Harrington added: "I know there's words there, but the actions nowhere near match up".

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

"It's something I did think long and hard about, was it right and it's possibly easier to be a Ryder Cup Captain at home but I realised it was good timing in my career but I also realised it probably was the best chance for the team in an worldwide setting going to the U.S having me as their captain at this time".

The captain has so much more to think about, and the assistant captains play a big part in the decision-making process.

"It seems to be a natural progression and it feels like the right time in my career", Harrington was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

Harrington did slip momentarily towards the modern Ryder Cup taste for melodrama yesterday with an observation that he'd be putting his "career on the line" in Wisconsin.

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

"You don't get that day-in, day-out. You just have to know the man behind the scenes".

"He is as European as they come".

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