United States golf fans are still getting over their loss at the 2018 Ryder Cup while the Europeans are still celebrating after taking the win just a few months ago. But even with the last event just ending, there’s already an eye towards the 2020 Ryder Cup.
The United States will try to take back the crown when one of the most anticipated events in sports returns to U.S. soil in 2020 but Team Europe is already plotting how to stay on top. That planning has already led to the naming of the next European Team Captain. Padraig Harrington has been tabbed as the next captain of the team, replacing Thomas Bjorn.
There had been rumors that Team Europe would consider Bjorn for a second straight run as captain but much speculation had also come around Harrington and all of that talk has become official this week. Harrington has spent the last two years as a vice-captain of the European squad and is now ready to take on the big role when the two groups meet at Whistling Straits.
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“Obviously I’m thrilled to be named as the captain for 2020,” Harrington said. “It’s not something I went into lightly. I suppose you could look at this as being a natural progression, you move on from player to vice-captain to captain. But it’s not something that I take on without a certain amount of trepidation.”
Paddy is best known for his two major championships on the PGA TOUR and great success throughout the early part of the millennium. But Paddy has also been a longtime Ryder Cup veteran making him an ideal choice for the Europeans. The United States has not yet decided on their captain but there is a lot of talks that Steve Stricker will be Paddy’s counterpart and that will be made official in the next few months.
There’s still a long way to go until 2020 and Harrington will be focused on playing this year, since he’s using his one time PGA TOUR exemption as a top-50 career earnings member, but he will begin planning his strategy immediately. Harrington is a formidable choice and hopefully, the U.S. team will be able to match his prowess and compete with his squad in just under two years.
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