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Padraig Harrington named Europe Ryder Cup captain

11 January 2019

Harrington said: "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".

The 47-year-old Irishman has a vast amount of Ryder Cup experience, having played in the contest six times and been a vice-captain for the last three matches.

McGinley and Clarke were part of the committee which ratified Harrington's role, as were the immediate past captain, Thomas Bjorn, and European Tour chief executive, Keith Pelley.

Harrington has served as a vice captain in each of the last three Ryder Cups, and he became the front-runner for the job once Lee Westwood took his name out of consideration late past year.

"Becoming captain is not something I went into lightly", Harrington said after he was appointed.

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

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He added: 'It's something I did think long and hard about. "I want to be a help to the players and to leave the Ryder Cup in the better place".

"A successful captain is great".

He was the first American to top the official world golf rankings in 1992 and was a two-time victor of the Ryder Cup as a player; featuring as a vice-captain in the 2012 edition took his total involvements to six.

"This is a one-time-only effort and that probably even makes the Ryder Cup captaincy extraordinary".

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

Things are not always going to go your way during a Ryder Cup, and it's important to have a captain who is wise enough to avoid stamping his own authority on the week.

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The defender, who can play at centre-back as well as right-back, moved to the Bundesliga from Lille in 2016 and soon established himself as a star man for Stuttgart, starting all 34 league games last season.

The expected to counter with Steve Stricker as its captain when they announce later this year. "When I talked to the other players and potential captains going forward, it seemed to fit nicely that I go and do the away match". "You just have to know the man behind the scenes".

"He has done three vice-captaincies and I think he's ready for this job".

As a player, Harrington made his Ryder Cup debut at the Country Club in Brookline in 1999 and was ever-present for the following five editions, helping Europe to victory in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

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 worldwide goal in the last-16 clash with Argentina.

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Padraig Harrington named Europe Ryder Cup captain