Harrington set for European 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Padraig Harrington to lead Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

Padraig Harrington said he is "not the fuzzy, cuddly type" and will look to follow Bernhard Langer's style of leadership when he captains Europe at the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Following Europe's demolition of the United States in France previous year, Harrington had been viewed as the only candidate to preside over a defence.

Four-time Ryder Cup victor Harrington, who is not able to play at the moment having broken his wrist falling down the stairs at Christmas, acknowledged the size of the task he faced in winning at Whistling Straits, a course he knows well having competed three times there in the PGA Championship.

In 2018, the Irishman was one of Thomas Bjørn's vice-captains at Le Golf National but in 2020 he will make the step up to captain on American soil.

He will become the third Irish captain in four tournaments. "It's not something I went into lightly". Winning this event on foreign soil is, as recent scorelines at both Hazeltine and Le Golf National prove, perhaps the most hard task in the game, and Harrington recognises that it will, in his words, "put my legacy on the line".

"I really want to be a help, I want to hopefully lead the Ryder Cup and the European Tour in a better place after two years, but I know we want continuity in Europe, we want to keep moving on".

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"I will definitely take bits from all of them". Cynics might suggest that captains choose their vice-captains simply based on who their friends are, but Harrington appears to appreciate the mix of characters required in the European team room.

Pavard played a key role in France's World Cup win at Russian Federation 2018 and reports of a move to Bayern have persisted since, although both parties have previously denied any agreement.

"I'm excited with the whole idea, I hope I can add something to it", added Harrington. You go out there and win and you're a successful captain; you lose, you're not.

"Players are interested in being under me as a captain". "The current players who are going to play under me have been very supportive". Thankfully we are going to Whistling Straits which is just a strong golf course. They want to see what I have to give, which is nice. I know it's an uphill struggle to beat the U.S.in the US but these are good golf courses.

Justin Rose, who was part of Bjorn's victorious team in France, was among those who also offered their congratulations, along with one of Harrington's ex-Ryder Cup colleagues Luke Donald.

The U.S.is expected to counter with Steve Stricker as its captain when they announce later this year.

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