Players react to Harrington captaincy

Players react to Harrington captaincy

However, having returned as a player in last year's defeat in France, Woods will likely be keen for a similar role at Whistling Straits.

And after Thomas Bjorn led Europe to victory last October those on the winning the European Team, including Rory Mcllroy and Justin Rose, have been out-spoken in declaring they want "continuation" in the naming of the 2020 European Captain.

"He's the right man at the right time in his career".

The five-time major champion is nailed on to be a captain at some stage, but next year's event may well come too soon for him. 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". He has 15 European Tour victories and six on the PGA Tour.

The Irishman will become the third captain from the Emerald Isle in four Ryder Cups.

Europe has won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups.

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And Harrington seemingly had no naysayers among the players.

Harrington said: "I know a number of players have come out and said they feel I should be the next captain". To be honest, if I look at all of this, I'm not the fuzzy, cuddly type either so I might be more on the Bernhard Langer-style of things. I know they want continuity. "I have to ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win". "It's a different league, a different level. I'm really conscious that I have to find that edge and add to it". "I am not as stressed about everything that goes with it. It's something I will take on over the next 18 months". "If we were coming back to Hazeltine it would be another question of my appetite to go there".

"He gets the glory, the opportunity to be loved on the golf course. I want to be a winning captain". "We know both sides are bringing in statisticians to help settle the golf course. You just have to know the man behind the scenes". "It's an uphill struggle to beat the United States in the U.S., for sure".

"I am aware that I could have passed up on this and just kept on going as a nice tournament golfer". I think Padraig will be blessed with an even better team.

While the US captain for 2020 has not yet been announced, 2017 Presidents Cup captain and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is perceived as the favorite to lead the American squad in his home state.

Couples captained the USA to three straight Presidents Cup triumphs from 2009 to 2013 and was a vice for the next two, but in 2017 he stated he felt his opportunity to oversee a Ryder Cup had "passed by".

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