Harrington interested in captaincy

25 April 2018 11:59:58 EST
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Padraig Harrington has said that he would like to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain in 2020.

Adare Manor in Ireland is to host the biennial contest in 2016 but rather than wait until the tournament is on home soil, Harrington says that he would like to succeed Thomas Bjorn who will be in charge later this year as Europe try and win the trophy back.

It would be good timing for me, 2020 for sure, in terms of where I will be in my career.

Padraig Harrington

Harrington is expected to be part of Bjorn's team at Le Golf National near Paris in September where Europe are 13/10 to win with the USA 9/10.

After that the tournament takes place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020 and Harrington is one of the first to put his hat in the ring and signal his desire to be captain.

At an event to promote this year's British Open, to be held at Carnoustie, he said: "I would love to be a Ryder Cup captain down the road.

"I see [with] my game at the moment that putting my name in the ring to be Ryder Cup captain is coming sooner rather than later as it does not look like I will be playing my way into this year's team."

On the prospects of waiting to be skipper on home soil in 2026, Harrington was clear that it would be too much of a risk to take.

"There are good players who are playing now who will be looking for the captaincy in 2026. It would be creating a risk that I might not get the job," he added.

"It would be good timing for me, 2020 for sure, in terms of where I will be in my career."

Lee Westwood is expecting to be another contender for the captaincy in 2020.

Rory McIlroy is 16/1 to win this year's Open with Patrick Reed priced at 28/1.

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