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McIlroy tips Harrington to captain Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup

“I’ve always thought Pádraig would be a good captain.”

Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington in Paris over the weekend.
Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington in Paris over the weekend.
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RORY MCILROY HAS tipped Pádraig Harrington to be the captain for Europe’s Ryder Cup title defence in the United States in 2020.

Victorious skipper Thomas Bjorn is yet to make a decision on his future and Harrington, a vice-captain this year, could be in the running for the role.

Harrington has won the Ryder Cup four times as a player and has experience of tasting victory in America having won the 2008 US PGA Championship, which has prompted McIlroy to back the Irishman.

“I’ve always thought Pádraig would be a good captain in the United States,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“He’s won a lot of golf tournaments over there, he’s won a PGA Championship, so we’ll see.

“I think the continuity in the European camp — having all these vice-captains this year and preparing for captaincy down the road — has been a huge foundation of why we’ve been so good.

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“No matter who the captain is next time, they’ll be ready and I’m sure they will do a great job.”

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