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Harrington 2020: Bjorn’s brilliance provides lessons for successor

11 January, 2019, 00:29 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Padraig Harrington will succeed Thomas Bjorn as European captain

Two-time Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie also welcomed Harrington's selection, describing it as a "brilliant appointment".

The three-time major champion was widely tipped to take over from Thomas Bjorn after making it clear he wanted the job in October, and became the favourite after Lee Westwood took himself out of the running.

Harrington was a vice-captain at Le Golf National last September as Bjorn marshalled Europe to an emphatic victory.

"There seems to be a natural progression, " Harrington said during a news conference at European Tour headquarters near London.

"Their confidence in me is hopefully going to be well-placed", Harrington said.

'It's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

"I have played under, and been involved with, many wonderful European captains since I made my debut in the contest 20 years ago and I would like to think that my captaincy will be a mix of all of them. It's going to take a great deal of my time over the next 18 months figuring out how can I make our team play to the best of their ability". "I want to be a help to the players and to leave the Ryder Cup in the better place".

He has got great experience in the U.S., so he won't be intimidated.

Harrington played in six Ryder Cups and was on the winning team four times.

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Padraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup after being appointed as the European Ryder Cup Captain for The 2020 Ryder Cup.

Harrington compiled a 9-13-3 Ryder Cup record as an individual, playing on six consecutive European squads between 1999-2010.

"I know we're going to a new venue".

However, Bookmakers have been quick to make United States of America favourites - although they are yet to confirm their skipper with the likes of Steve Stricker and Fred Couples in contention.

Asked if he would be willing to do something similar, Harrington replied with a smile: "You know, we're all about continuity on the European Tour".

I really feel conscious that I have to find that edge.

"He's become a leader in the team room", said Harrington.

Pavard played in six of France's seven games at the World Cup finals, only missing their final group game against Denmark, and he scored his first global goal in the last-16 clash with Argentina.

Harrington, who is now out of action after slipping and breaking a bone in his wrist, says selecting five vice-captains is "a must" and now favours three wildcard picks.

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