Thursday 18 July 2019

Harri 'best' for Ryder captain

Padraig Harrington. PIc: Sportsfile
Padraig Harrington. PIc: Sportsfile

Thomas Bjorn believes there is no need to rush into naming his successor as Ryder Cup captain, even if Pádraig Harrington appears certain to be handed the role.

Lee Westwood had previously expressed a desire to captain Europe in 2020, but said yesterday that he would prefer to do the job in Rome in 2022 and described Harrington as the "better candidate" to lead the team at Whistling Straits.

"You can make these decisions too quickly and there's plenty of time," Bjorn said.

"I think I found being announced as captain on the sixth of December in 2016, maybe having that role was a little bit too long for me in the sense that you're so eager to get going and there's nothing to get going with."

As for Harrington's captaincy credentials, Bjorn added: "He has a great relationship with the players on the PGA Tour. He's a past US PGA champion, which helps in the relationship with the PGA of America, and Ireland does have a special relationship with the Americans.

"So there's a lot of things that plays into his hands to being a captain in America."

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