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Harrington has 'no doubt' over McIlroy

9th January 2019, 16:40 by Craig Smithson

Europe's new captain Padraig Harrington fully expects to have Rory McIlroy in next year's Ryder Cup team at Whistling Straits.

The 47-year-old Irishman was confirmed as the man to succeed Thomas Bjorn as captain on Tuesday as Europe will head to the United States in 2020 looking to retain the trophy they comfortably won 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in Paris in September.

McIlroy took his career Ryder Cup points tally to 13 from five outings with two won last year and the four-time major winner is classed as a key man in the European ranks.

However, there is a possibility that the Northern Irishman might not be eligible to play given that he might not fulfil the requirements for European Tour membership next season.

But Harrington was refusing to contemplate not having McIlroy to call upon and insisted that he will be a part of his plans.

The three-time major champion said: "I can only look at his actions. That man loves the Ryder Cup. He's become a leader in the team room.

"He gives so much to the Ryder Cup; the Ryder Cup gives so much back to Rory that he can't get anywhere else.

"He gets the glory, the opportunity to be loved on the golf course. He gets the exuberance, the crowd.

"You don't get that day in, day out. You don't get that regularly. His actions are all about the Ryder Cup.

"He will be 100 percent behind and in that Ryder Cup team, there's no doubt about it. You just have to know the man behind the scenes."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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