Padraig Harrington named captain for Team Europe in 2020 Ryder Cup

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Padraig Harrington reacts when he speaks to the media as he is named European Ryder Cup Captain for 2020 during a press conference at Wentworth on January 08, 2019 in Virginia Water, England. The 43rd Ryder Cup will be held from September 25 to 27, 2020, taking place on the Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin, United States. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington named captain for Team Europe in 2020 Ryder Cup

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Padraig Harrington named captain for Team Europe in 2020 Ryder Cup

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Padraig Harrington will captain Team Europe when it defends the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in 2020.

The move was announced Tuesday and was widely expected. Harrington, 47, was a vice-captain when Europe and captain Thomas Bjorn routed the U.S. 17.5 – 10.5 at Le Golf National in France.

A Ryder Cup veteran, Harrington played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 and won it four times as a player.

“I’ve won three majors in my career but taking the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different level,” he said. “I want to find an edge to get the players to perform to best of their abilities and hopefully get a win. I’m really conscious that I have to find the edge and add to it. It’s going to take a great deal of my time over the next two years to do it.”

Harrington enjoys widespread support among many of the players expected to be defending the Cup for Team Europe, another sign that the camaraderie Europe used to help beat down the Americas will be back in full force in Wisconsin next year.

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