Stricker would be 'honoured' to be US captain at Ryder Cup

  • Stricker would be 'honoured' to be US captain at Ryder Cup

Stricker would be 'honoured' to be US captain at Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington pose for a photo as he is named European Ryder Cup Captain for 2020 during a press conference at Wentworth on January 08, 2019 in Virginia Water, England.

The 51-year-old has plenty of pedigree.

Harrington was the natural choice to succeed Thomas Bjorn as European golf's next leader.

The last of his major championships came in 2014.

He loves the European Tour.

And one of the game's most analytical brains is already considering reducing by one the quartet of wildcards Bjorn had a year ago for the 2020 matches in Wisconsin.

Harrington has already floated the idea of a neutral figure being put in charge of course set-up, but acknowledges that is not likely to happen any time soon. He has 15 European Tour victories and six on the PGA Tour. "Rory loves it", the new skipper said.

Harrington, 47, a three-time major victor who played on six European teams, takes over for Thomas Bjorn, who oversaw a rousing success in France in September when Europe defeated the Americans 16½ to 9½, a seventh victory in the last 10 Ryder Cups.

"The Ryder Cup gives back to all the players something that no other event gives back. His family's there." Harrington added. England's Lee Westwood would have been another contender, but he made it known publicly that he preferred to wait for the 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome.

'As a vice-captain I'm there going, "God, I was so ignorant to what was really going on behind the scenes", and so selfish in terms of thinking about what I need and thinking that the Ryder Cup revolves around me. "I want to be a winning captain". The Americans have failed in every attempt since 1993 and Europe lost on their travels in 2016, 2008 and 1999.

"Home advantage is a huge part of it, there's no doubt about it, " Harrington said.

Whistling Straits has a links-style look with the holes bordering Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee.

He will lead the USA at the Presidents Cup this year, most likely as a playing captain, and is sure to oversee a Ryder Cup campaign in future.

Harrington added: "It is a European-style golf course, so let's hope we are somewhat on an even playing field". These have been key indicators for wildcard picks and pairings.

"I can only look at his actions", Harrington said.

"That's one of the things you learn".

"I just can't believe I was a player and didn't know".

"Padraig, for sure, is someone I would love to play under". 37th Ryder Cup, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He will delegate administrative roles and do what he has always done - concentrate on the golf.

"You can't do everything as a captain, your very much defined by the quality of your vice-captains and you have to rely on them a lot".