Harrington To Become Third Irishman In Four Ryder Cup’s To Be Handed European Team Captaincy

Padraig Harrington next Tuesday will be named the third Irish-born European Ryder Cup Captain in the past four Ryder Cup’s.

As long-reported and revealed by www.golfbytourmiss.com Harrington will captain the 2020 European Team into competition at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and a some two-and-a-half hour drive north of Chicago.

Harrington’s appointment will be confirmed at 1pm on January 8th in the Ballroom at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.

The 46-year has previously been a European Team vice-captain, including working under Thomas Bjorn in last year’s emphatic seven-point triumph in Versailles.

And the Dubliner will follow fellow Irish Paul McGinley (2014) and Darren Clarke (2016) as Irish-born European Team Captains.

Padraig Harrington gets a 2020 European Ryder Cup captaincy vote from Tiger Woods.

In fact, it was McGinley and Clarke as two of five members of the European Captaincy committee, who voted on Harrington’s appointment.

And with England’s Lee Westwood indicating some time ago he wanted to focus on the 2022 European Captaincy in Rome the door was wide open for Harrington to received the 2020 captaincy vote.

And Harrington choice as the replacement for Bjorn has clearly won the vote of his fellow Europeans including Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

Even Tiger Woods is in agreeance with Harrington’s impending appointment.

Woods has long been very good friends with ‘Paddy’, as he fondly calls Harrington, and with the current USA Presidents Cup captain speaking of his delight for the Dubliner ahead of teeing-up in last month’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

“It’s going to great for Paddy to be the next captain for Europe as he fits into the timeline so he’s been groomed and will be ready to go,” said Woods.

“Europe has their system of choosing a next captain and Paddy’s been a vice-captain the last few Ryder Cup’s so he has all the credentials.

“The thing is also all the guys, and on both sides of the Ryder Cup fence, respect Paddy.

“For what I have been gauging it is going to be either Paddy or (Lee) Westwood but then Lee I also hear is maybe waiting for 2022

“So, it’s going to be a wonderful choice for Europe.

“Paddy is always well-received in the States and while that is not important as any captain will be so involved with their team’s, he still should get a good reception going to Whistling Straits as we are for the next Ryder Cup.”

 



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