Padraig Harrington is looking forward to leading Europe’s defence in the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 25-27, 2020.
The three-time Major champion was named as captain of the European team yesterday by a panel made up of the last three captains – Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley – along with European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and player representative Edoardo Molinari.
“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. 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. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role,” said Harrington, who has represented Europe six times as a player and was on four winning teams.
Harrington made his Ryder Cup debut at The Country Club in Brookline in 1999 and was in the team for the following five editions, helping Europe to victory in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010. The Irishman also served as vice-captain in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Over six Ryder Cups, Harrington amassed a total of 10½ points. His best points haul of four from five matches came in Europe’s record-breaking 18½ – 9½ victory at Oakland Hills in 2004.