Ryder Cup 2020: Five contenders for U.S. captaincy

Ryder Cup 2020: Five contenders for U.S. captaincy

Harrington will lead the European team at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, with Europe the holders after defeating the United States at Golf National in Paris a year ago.

Following Europe's demolition of the United States in France a year ago, Harrington had been viewed as the only candidate to preside over a defence.

Harrington was confirmed as Europe's captain for the biennial matchplay tournament on Tuesday, succeeding Thomas Bjorn, who skippered Europe as they regained the trophy in France previous year.

Harrington was a vice-captain at Le Golf National last September as Bjorn marshalled Europe to an emphatic victory.

With memorabilia such as replica trophies and some of Harrington's equipment, it will become even more popular if he can bring home the coveted Ryder Cup trophy.

"I'm well aware that it's win or nothing, that's the way it goes". You could look at this as being a natural progression, a move on from player to vice-captain to captain but it's not something that I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.

"I think it will mean a lot, it's a great honour for him", two-time Ryder Cup player Des Smyth told RTÉ Sport.

"I will definitely take bits from all of them". "I want to be a help to the players and to leave the Ryder Cup in the better place". "We've had some great captains over the past number of years".

Players must be a member of the European Tour to take part in the competition and, under regulations introduced in January 2017, "cannot be a European Ryder Cup captain or a vice-captain if they decline membership of the European Tour or fail to fulfil their minimum event obligation in any season, from 2018 onwards".

The keys to the European Ryder Cup machine have officially been handed over to Padraig Harrington. It is really tough to win a Ryder Cup in America, but there is nobody more suited to taking on that challenge.

"I know we're going to a new venue, it's an away match, we're going to have on average three more rookies coming in to the team".

Bjorn and previous captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are on the panel that will decide who will lead Europe to America. However, Harrington will know the alternate-shot format is an area where his men can gain an advantage.

Steve Stricker is expected to be named the Captain for the 2020 U.S. side, and Harrington previously said thinks he will be a "nice" Captain, but says he is not to be underestimated.

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