Padraig Harrington unveiled as European Ryder Cup captain for 2020

Harrington was a vice captain under Thomas Bjorn when Europe won the Ryder Cup in September

"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 after he was unveiled at Wentworth.

Thomas Bjorn has given his backing to Padraig Harrington, who will succeed him as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the tournament in 2020.

Bjorn and previous captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are on the panel that will decide who will lead Europe to America.

Harrington was a popular choice among Europe's victorious team to take on the captaincy and became a near-certainty when Lee Westwood announced he did not want to be considered for the role, preferring to target Italy in 2022.

"Obviously I'm thrilled to be named as the captain for 2020", Harrington said.

"Obviously I'm thrilled", said the three-time major victor.

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

"The first few days of the Ryder Cup there's four different arenas going on at the same time and you really need one pair eyes focused on [all of it], so the values of the vice-captain are going to be very important to him". "I have to ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win".

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

It's vital to serve an apprenticeship as a vice-captain so that, when you get your turn in the top job, you know every detail and you also know how important your backroom team is. How am I going to feel about that?'

I think it's fair to describe the appointment of Harrington as a no-brainer. That course has hosted the PGA Championship three times since 2004, and Harrington played in all three of them.

The 47-year-old has not won a European Tour title since his Portugal Masters triumph in 2016 but came close at the Czech Masters last August, finishing second in what was his best performance of the season.

Westwood had called Harrington "the ideal candidate for the captaincy", while McIlroy had said "Padraig Harrington would be a great captain in the USA because of his playing record, which includes winning the USPGA, and because everyone over there likes him".

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

"Steve's a solid bloke", Harrington had said in October. He's tough but very straight.

"You don't get that day in, day out". He's as straight as they come. "But there's no messing from his side".

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