Pádraig Harrington, who was confirmed Tuesday as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits, does not do things by halves. He is the right man for the job – and all the more so because he has Caroline, truly a wife-in-a-million, at his side. He handles the golfing side of operations. She takes charge of everything else. So they complement each other.
The whole of the golfing world took it for granted that the 47-year-old Irishman would be the captain from the moment he threw his hat into the ring last April. At that point, though, he himself had still to shrug off a few reservations. “It’s like putting a successful career on the line,” he said during Tuesday’s lunchtime announcement at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. “If you win, it’s great. If you lose, it’s your fault.”
This three-time major champion went on to run through a few of his other concerns. Could he, for example, make the players on his his team play to the best of their abilities in what is an away match and one that is being held at a first-time Ryder Cup venue? And how would his rookies – he thinks there could be three of them – make out in such circumstances?
“I expect Pádraig’s captaincy to be close to flawless." – Paul Azinger
Almost inevitably, people wanted to know what he had learned from the nine captains under whom he had either played or served as a vice captain. This line in questioning ended up with his saying that he would be more like a Bernhard Langer than an Ia...
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