Padraig Harrington to captain Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington and Des Smyth at the Irish Open in 2015

The worst kept secret in golf is out, with Padraig Harrington announced as Europe's captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

"It's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation", Harrington, a three-time major champion, said when he was presented as captain at a media conference at the European Tour's headquarters at Wentworth.

Harrington played in six consecutive Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010 and was on the winning team four times.

Harrington has promised to "find an edge" but it's the United States who are favourites to land the Ryder Cup on home soil at 8/13, with Harrington a 6/4 shot to win the match and defend the trophy the Europeans won so emphatically in Paris past year.

"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.

Referring to Europe's thumping 17.5-10.5 win over a star-studded U.S. team outside Paris in September, he added: "Ideally, we would play this match tomorrow with the same 12 guys".

"I know we're going to a new venue, it's an away match, we're going to have on average three more rookies coming in to the team. Hopefully I will pull it all together and say the right things at the right time, get a team, get the best out of that team and get a winning performance".

He questioned whether he would find the "edge" needed to lift Europe to a win over what will be a strong American team at Whistling Straits in 2020.

I think it's fair to describe the appointment of Harrington as a no-brainer.

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. He finished 2018 as the world's 191st-ranked player, his lowest end-of-year ranking since 2014, and it is likely to be even lower when the Ryder Cup rolls around.

"So yes, I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain".

Considered among the greatest to play the game, Woods got his first taste of Ryder Cup leadership by serving as a vice-captain to Davis Love III at Hazeltine in 2016 as a string of back issues blighted his illustrious career. How am I going to feel about that?'

"You can't do everything as a captain, your very much defined by the quality of your vice-captains and you have to rely on them a lot". He's a good guy, well respected, and he's already enjoyed success as a team captain in the Presidents Cup.

While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest. As a player you are very one-dimensional about doing your thing and getting on with performing.

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