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Padraig Harrington unveiled as European Ryder Cup captain for 2020

Padraig Harrington unveiled as European Ryder Cup captain for 2020

Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as the European Ryder Cup captain for next year's contest at Whistling Straits.

Harrington has been a vice-captain in each of the last three editions after making six appearances as a player, four of which resulted in victories for Europe, and he has been charged with the responsibility of retaining the trophy in Wisconsin. 

The three-time major champion was the overwhelming favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn, who led Europe to a famous seven-point win at Le Golf National in an impressive response to Team USA's resounding triumph at Hazeltine in 2016.

Bjorn was on the European Tour committee along with previous skippers, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley, that selected Harrington as the next captain, with the 47-year-old becoming the obvious choice for the role after Lee Westwood took himself out of the running and hinted that he would welcome the job in 2022. 

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