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Industrious Harrington perfect fit for Ryder Cup captaincy: Wallace

 

Top job: Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's next captain.
Top job: Padraig Harrington has been confirmed as Europe's next captain.

By Phil Casey

Matt Wallace believes Padraig Harrington will work "tirelessly" to ensure Europe retain the Ryder Cup if, as expected, the three-time major winner is named captain for the 2020 contest next week.

Harrington has been the odds-on favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn since Lee Westwood said in October 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.

The decision is due to be announced on Tuesday, with Harrington set to step up from his role as a vice-captain in the last three contests.

Wallace, who narrowly missed out on a wild card for Europe's victorious team at Le Golf National, said: "His career is one that any player would dream of having.

"He's a brilliant player, a workaholic and someone I look up to in that sense, someone who gets everything out of his game and I'm sure everyone in the team would get on well with him.

"His Ryder Cup history speaks for itself and if he is the captain I would love to play under him.

"I think he'd be a perfect captain, someone you could go and talk to but someone maybe who could give you a kick up the backside if he didn't think you were performing.

"I've spent a bit of time with him over the past few months and even just practising with him, he's just someone who grinds and works tirelessly and I'm sure he'd be like that as a captain to try and get the best performance and ultimate goal of winning the Ryder Cup."

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