Rob Lee welcomes the appointment of Padraig Harrington as Ryder Cup captain

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

Irishman Harrington - a three-time major victor and vice-captain in the last three Ryder Cups - succeeds Dane Thomas Bjorn.

Harrington has already contemplated the ramifications of losing in Whistling Straits and will ensure he does not make the same mistakes as the Englishman.

An announcement is expected at a press conference at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters.

Harrington said: "I know a number of players have come out and said they feel I should be the next captain".

So, step forward, Harrington who ticks all the future captaincy boxes.

"You don't get that day-in, day-out".

"I can only look at his actions". This is not like being a football manager where I lose this week, I play next week and if I get the sack, I'll get another team. "You get one and done".

Harrington will remarkably become the third Irish-born European Captain in the past four Ryder Cup's after Paul McGinley captained the victorious 2014 European Team at Gleneagles and with Darren Clarke captaining hapless 2016 side that lost at Hazeltine. "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".

Like Harrington, Stricker has been a three-time Ryder Cup vice-captain and with Harrington is confident Sticker will be a formidable opponent in 2020. "I've actually learned a lot more as vice-captain than you do as a player. That's something I don't take lightly". "It's an uphill struggle to beat the U.S. in the USA, for sure".

Harrington played in the biennial event in six consecutive contests, including winningm teams in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

With endorsements like that, Padraig became the front-runner very quickly, and he became the overwhelming favourite when Lee Westwood pulled out of the running.

"It is important to me that I got that support". I suppose I've learnt from all of them, I've probably learnt a lot more as vice captain than you do as a player, it's wonderful the difference. But he is well-equipped to handle it, and I have no doubt he'll be a great captain at Whistling Straits. We've had some great captains and I've learnt from all of them.

"But it is daunting because you want to do a good job". Thomas Bjorn had four previous year and was undoubtedly glad of them as Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey all failed to qualify automatically.

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