It was only a matter of time when Padraig Harrington was going to be named the European Ryder Cup Captain. One of golf’s most fiercest competitors, Harrington will bring his six Ryder Cup appearances as a player, and two as a vice-captain, to Whistling Straits in 2020.
Harrington’s playing resume of three major championships, 30 worldwide wins, four Ryder Cup wins will come in handy when his European team will face the tough conditions of Whistling Straits in September 2020. Whistling Straits will be a tough enough test, add in being on the other teams soil, and it has the makings of a very difficult venue to win.Embed from Getty Images
If there is anybody up for the monumental task of taking on Whistling Straits and the United States crowds, it’s Harrington. He has tenacity to, no doubt, try to lead his European Ryder Cup team to victory. “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.”
When the pressure was on, Harrington was no stranger to stepping up to the plate. When Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together in the 2004 Ryder Cup, it was Harrington, paired with Colin Montgomery, that took down the super team. Harrington also took down Mickelson again, this time paired with Dustin Johnson, in 2010 at The Celtic Manor. Europe won both of those Ryder Cups.
The 2020 Ryder Cup will take place at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin September 25-27, 2020. No U.S. Captain has been named yet. Steve Stricker and Fred Couples are considered the favorites to helm the U.S. team/