Harrington tasked with masterminding Europe's Ryder Cup defence

Pádraig Harrington

"It is a tremendous honor to be named Ryder Cup Captain and I am relishing the next 20 months as we work towards Whistling Straits and Europe's defense of the trophy", Harrington said in a statement.

The 47-year-old has been odds-on favourite to captain at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next year.

The three-time major champion was widely tipped to take over from Thomas Bjorn after making it clear he wanted the job in October, and became the favourite after Lee Westwood took himself out of the running.

Europe have dominated the Ryder Cup in the modern era, winning nine of the last 12 matches.

An announcement is expected at a press conference at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters. But I think that's a road you should not go down.

I think it's fair to describe the appointment of Harrington as a no-brainer.

"I'm putting it on the line". "We're going to have, on average, three more rookies coming into the team and I have to be a part of that team and ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities, get the most out of them, and hopefully get a win". He has featured in each of the past six editions - three as a player followed by three as a vice-captain - and led Team USA to a resounding 19-11 victory in the Presidents Cup in 2017.

Pavard played a key role in France's World Cup win at Russian Federation 2018 and reports of a move to Bayern have persisted since, although both parties have previously denied any agreement.

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"There seems to be a natural progression at the moment", Harrington said of the European Ryder Cup selection process for Captains.

Padraig made six Ryder Cup appearances as a player, but being a vice-captain for the last three will be more important for him in his new role.

'It does make my job easier that I feel I have the confidence of the players, ' Harrington added.

"He'll be very diligent, there's no doubt about that, very confident and hopefully continue this great run of success we're having in the European team".

Paul McGinley successfully captained Europe at Gleneagles in 2012, while Darren Clarke lost out on American soil at Hazeltine in 2014.

"He gets the glory, the opportunity to be loved on the golf course". To be honest, if I look at all of this, I'm not the fuzzy, cuddly type either so I might be more on the Bernhard Langer-style of things. They want to see what I have to give, which is nice.

Paul McGinley described Europe winning in the United States of America as a "monumental" task but one that Padraig Harrington is the best man for.

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