Harrington named European captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

Cape Town - Padraig Harrington has been named as the European captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 25-27, 2020.

Irishman Harrington - a three-time major winner and vice-captain in the last three Ryder Cups - succeeds Dane Thomas Bjorn.

Harrington has a storied Ryder Cup career, having represented Europe six times as a player - including being part of four triumphs.

While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest.

The 47-year-old joins Paul McGinley (2014) and Darren Clarke (2016), as professionals from the island of Ireland to lead Europe and will be hoping to emulate the last European triumph on American soil - at Medinah in 2012 - as Europe defend the trophy won memorably at Le Golf National last September.

As a player, Harrington made his Ryder Cup debut at the Country Club in Brookline in 1999 and was ever-present for the following five editions, helping Europe to victory in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

Harrington was chosen as Europe's 2020 Ryder Cup captain by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent European Ryder Cup captains - Bjørn, Clarke and McGinley - as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee representative Edoardo Molinari.

"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.

"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."