Harrington takes ‘daunting’ role of Europe Ryder Cup captain

11 January, 2019, 13:16 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Pádraig Harrington

"I've just been talking with a few of the members and everyone is delighted with the news", Mr King said.

The three-time Major Champion has extensive experience with Europe in the Ryder Cup, playing six times whilst also been a vice-captain for the last three matches.

"We finished on 18 and I thought I'd closed the match out, and that I had won The Ryder Cup", Harrington told the European Tour's Life On Tour Podcast, presented by Hilton.

"I kind of laughed and said, 'We actually wanted to be here, we actually worked to get into this position, nobody held a gun to our heads!'" he said in a Sunday Independent interview. "I'm thrilled but it's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation".

"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 have had a successful career, and you want to always be successful in the golfing sphere because of what I've done", he said.

The three time major victor says he needs to find an edge to fulfil the role to the best of his ability.

He succeeds Thomas Bjorn as captain for next year's contest at Whistling Straits, where Europe will be bidding to defend the trophy won in convincing fashion in Paris in September.

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He spent countless hours analysing all manner of statistics for his own team as well as the opposition, and he took Ryder Cup captaincy to a new level.

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

The PGA of America might be tempted to go for someone with a winning pedigree as Ryder Cup captain, with Davis Love III and Paul Azinger top of a very short list!

England's former world number one Lee Westwood, who was one of the five European vice-captains in 2018, has indicated a preference for captaining Europe in Italy in 2022 when Rome hosts the biennial event. "When you're thinking of taking this job, you have to wonder, "Hang on a second, I could do everything right and end up on the wrong side of this".

"We know when you're a successful Ryder Cup captain it's great and a losing captain - it's his fault".

Harrington, who hoisted the trophy four times during an illustrious playing career, can only dream his men will unleash such heroics on the greens and fairways in America when he leads them into the fray.

"I think the standard of golf on the European Tour and the players we have on tour is going to ensure that". He's a good guy, well respected, and he's already enjoyed success as a team captain in the Presidents Cup.

"He has done three vice-captaincies and I think he's ready for this job". He's as straight as they come.

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