Harrington tasked with masterminding Europe's Ryder Cup defence

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Harrington was confirmed as Europe's captain for the biennial matchplay tournament on Tuesday, succeeding Thomas Bjorn, who skippered Europe as they regained the trophy in France a year ago.

"He's a deep thinker, he's somewhat of a left-field thinker, I just watched his press conference and he talked about filling the role of vice-captain very carefully and I totally agree with that", McGinley said.

The keys to the European Ryder Cup machine have officially been handed over to Padraig Harrington.

The 47-year-old was part of Europe's last three Ryder Cups as vice-captain and featured in the tournament six times as a player, finishing on the winning side on four occasions.

"Because you are putting it on the line when you become a Ryder Cup captain", Harrington said.

Harrington said: "I know a number of players have come out and said they feel I should be the next captain".

"You look at this being a natural progression, but it's not something I have taken on without trepidation". "I have to ensure that I find an edge to make the team perform to the best of their abilities and hopefully get a win".

"I didn't really know much of what was going on".

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The three-time major victor is the clear favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn at Whistling Straits, where Europe will be bidding to defend the trophy won in Paris previous year. A Ryder Cup captain's job is, essentially, to rewire that mindset.

But just because it seems like my turn, it's something I thought long and hard about.

Harrington himself is a 50/1 chance to qualify automatically for the team, while Sergio Garcia is an odds-on 1/3 shot to be part of Harrington's line-up, despite an infamous frosty relationship with the captain which was said to have improved after clear-the-air talks. He loves the Ryder Cup. There will certainly be more pressure being a Ryder Cup captain, particularly on home soil, and I'm expecting Stricker to find out the difference first hand.

Westwood had called Harrington "the ideal candidate for the captaincy", while McIlroy had said "Padraig Harrington would be a great captain in the United States because of his playing record, which includes winning the USPGA, and because everyone over there likes him". I think Thomas was blessed with the best team we've ever had in France.

With memorabilia such as replica trophies and some of Harrington's equipment, it will become even more popular if he can bring home the coveted Ryder Cup trophy. He's a good guy, well respected, and he's already enjoyed success as a team captain in the Presidents Cup.

"You can't do everything as a captain, your very much defined by the quality of your vice-captains and you have to rely on them a lot". And I don't take it lightly.

"I'm the right man for the job at this time", he said. He's as straight as they come.

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