Harrington to skipper Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup

Harrington was a vice captain under Thomas Bjorn when Europe won the Ryder Cup in September

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.

Speaking about his experience at Le Golf National, Harrington said: "You are always learning and it was a nice balanced vice-captaincy with different personalities; some good emotions, some good thinkers".

He has served as vice-captain for the past three Ryder Cups, most recently under Thomas Bjorn a year ago when Europe regained the trophy outside Paris.

The three-times major victor, 47, will become the third player from Ireland - after Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke - to captain Europe in just four Ryder Cups.

Despite his anxieties, the Ryder Cup has adorned European trophy cabinets more often than American ones since the tournament was revamped in 1979.

"You look at this being a natural progression, but it's not something I have taken on without trepidation".

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"I really want to be a help".

"I know we want continuity in Europe, we want to keep moving along and ideally we play the Ryder Cup tomorrow with the same twelve guys". "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".

Europe defend the trophy won by Thomas Bjorn and his team at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September 2020 and it will be Harrington who will lead the team.

Steve Stricker is expected to be named the Captain for the 2020 US side, and Harrington previously said thinks he will be a "nice" Captain, but says he is not to be underestimated.

"It's something I did think long and hard about", he added.

Team Europe announced the move on Tuesday. He loves the Ryder Cup.

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The desire to intellectualise, even mythologise the role of a Ryder Cup captain has reached such farcical levels of late, you might believe it demands the esoteric judgement of a nuclear physicist.

He held off the likes of former world number one Lee Westwood of England to be named captain for next year's event. "That's something I don't take lightly".

"I have reached the stage in my career where I enjoy playing golf", Harrington said. "I'm very much looking forward to taking on this role".

He said: "Steve's a solid bloke. You just have to know the man behind the scenes". When you're a player, you are exclusively concerned with your ability to perform on the biggest stage of all and trying to get your game in optimum shape.

"Padraig is playing the best golf of my team out there", Montgomerie told reporters during the first official practice day at Celtic Manor Resort.

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