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Harrington takes it to 'different level' with Ryder Cup captaincy

8th January 2019, 15:14 by Neil Foster

Padraig Harrington will captain Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2020 and feels it on a "different level" to anything else he has done.

The 47-year-old was favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn in the post and had already had his candidacy endorsed by the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

It seemed inevitable that the Irishman would get the nod and he was unveiled to the press on Tuesday afternoon.

The three-time major winner played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999, winning on four occasions but, despite his achievements in the sport, he feels his work at Whistling Straits surpasses anything he has done.

"I've won three majors in my career but taking the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different level," he said. "I want to find an edge to get the players to perform to best of their abilities and hopefully get a win.

"I'm really conscious that I have to find the edge and add to it. It's going to take a great deal of my time over the next two years to do it."

Harrington believes that he has chosen the right moment in his career to pick up the baton although he admits it took a while before coming to the decision to enter the race.

"It seems to be a natural progression and it feels like the right time in my career," he added. "But just because it seems like the right time, I didn't think I should just come in and do it. I thought long and hard about it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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