Irishman Padraig Harrington has confirmed his interest in captaining Team Europe for the 2020 Ryder Cup, after being a vice-captain for the past three tournaments, the Courier report.
The 47-year-old, who has played in six Ryder Cups, the last coming back in 2010 after being chosen as a wildcard by Colin Montgomerie, has been strongly linked with the position since Europe’s win in Paris, with Rory McIlroy admitting he would love to see Harrington as captain.
Team Europe will look to retain the famous trophy in Wisconsin in two years time, and talking to the media earlier in the week, Harrington revealed his interest in the position.
I honestly think it fits really well not only for me and for everybody that I seek the captaincy of the next European Ryder Cup team.
I know there is a committee who choose the next captain and they will go about the process of seeking nominees and then put those names to a vote but I do believe the European Team would like continuity, and that is why I will benefit.
I have been a vice-captain now for the past three Ryder Cups and given the success of this recent team, I am sure they would be very happy to know that either myself or one of the other Versailles vice-captains – if any of those other vice-captains want the job – would present the best chance of maintaining that continuity.
Former captains Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn are set to meet before the end of the year to discuss the next captain, and with fellow vice-captains Luke Donald and Lee Westwood relatively new to the leadership scene, three-time major champion Harrington may be the perfect fit for Europe.