Padraig Harrington to lead Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

Padraig Harrington will succeed Thomas Bjorn as European captain

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

The victor of The Open in 2007 at Carnoustie, The Open in 2008 at Royal Birkdale and the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Harrington went 9-13-3 in six consecutive appearances for Europe from 1999 through 2010, playing on four winning teams.

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 previous year.

Paul McGinley successfully captained Europe at Gleneagles in 2012, while Darren Clarke lost out on American soil at Hazeltine in 2014.

"Great news to wake up to", said Donald, who played on three Ryder Cup teams with Harrington in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

"I'm thrilled to be named as Ryder Cup captain for 2020, it's not something I went into lightly", he said.

"You could look at this as being a natural progression from player to vice-captain to captain but it's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation", he added.

"I really want to be a help".

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And it hasn't taken players long to send their congratulations to the six-time appearance maker. "It is very important that I have that feeling of support because I have to be a confident captain as much as need 12 confident players".

"It is daunting because you want to do a good job". He won the British Open in 2007 and '08, and the U.S. PGA Championship in 2008 - a run of three titles in six majors.

He may have won just three of his 11 Ryder Cup matches as a player, but the level-headed and popular Stricker is the favorite to lead the USA.

Westwood had called Harrington "the ideal candidate for the captaincy", while McIlroy had said "Padraig Harrington would be a great captain in the United States because of his playing record, which includes winning the USPGA, and because everyone over there likes him". "Good guy. Tough. Not a man to underestimate".

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.

"I know it's tough to win in the States, " Harrington said. He's tough but very straight.

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

"He is as European as they come. But there's no messing from his side".

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