Padraig Harrington on Tuesday was announced as the captain for Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team.
Harrington, a three-time major champ, will become the third Irish captain for Team Europe in the past four Ryder Cups.
“There seems to be a natural progression,’’ Harrington said. “It seems to be the right time and place for me in my career. But just because it seems like my turn, it’s something I thought long and hard about. Was it the right time?
“I realize it’s good timing in my career, but I always realize it’s probably the best setting for the team, going to the U.S. having me the captain at this time. When I talked to the other players and potential captains going forward, it seemed to fit nicely that I go and do the away match.’’
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn led Europe to a commanding victory over the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in September. The 2020 event will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Bjorn and the two previous captains, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley, are on a panel charged with determining the captain for the next team. Harrington has long been the leading candidate, especially with England’s Lee Westwood announcing that he will wait until Rome in 2022 to put his name in the ring for the captaincy.