McGinley: Harrington best man for ‘monumental’ Ryder Cup challenge

McGinley: Harrington best man for ‘monumental’ Ryder Cup challenge

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

Six of the last seven contests have been won by the home side and, as Harrington himself has pointed out, it took a "Miracle at Medinah" for the one away victory to occur.

Four-time Ryder Cup victor Harrington, who is not able to play at the moment having broken his wrist falling down the stairs at Christmas, acknowledged the size of the task he faced in winning at Whistling Straits, a course he knows well having competed three times there in the PGA Championship.

He also served as a vice captain on three occasions, helping Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn record victories at Gleneagles and Le Golf National in France in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

"It is a tremendous honour to be named Ryder Cup Captain and I am relishing the next 20 months as we work towards Whistling Straits and Europe's defence of the trophy", said Harrington.

Having said that, I doubt if we'll see the course set up in the same way as it would be for a major. "But it's not something that I take on without a certain amount of trepidation".

"I think what they are really saying is that they liked what they saw and they would like a continuation of what they have seen and not to rock the boat too much". We've had some great captains and I've learnt from all of them.

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday.

I have to be part of that team and ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win.

Harrington described the captaincy as a "daunting task", admitting that he did some soul-searching to determine whether this was the right time to take the helm in the twilight of a standout career inside the ropes.

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

"I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain. You just have to know the man behind the scenes".

As he alluded to, Harrington had gained the support of several Ryder Cup players past and present prior to the announcement, including Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn and Lee Westwood.

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.

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