Ryder Cup captain Harrington expects McIlroy to play in next year's tournament

Ryder Cup captain Harrington expects McIlroy to play in next year's tournament

Pavard played a key role in France's World Cup win at Russian Federation 2018 and reports of a move to Bayern have persisted since, although both parties have previously denied any agreement. "That's normally what we do and one of the reasons we've had success in the event is this elevation of vice captains into captains".

Former captain Paul McGinley welcomed the appointment.

"I think what they are really saying is that they liked what they saw and they would like a continuation of what they have seen and not to rock the boat too much. I am, as a Ryder Cup captain, putting a lot of the history of your game, your legacy, on the line".

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

A victor in four of his six Ryder Cup appearances as a player, Harrington was also a vice-captain in 2014 and 2016 under Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke. "But I think more of it is you are trying to beat a USA team away from home".

The 47-year-old Irishman said he felt that the post would fit "really well" for him back in October, having been an integral part of the team room for the past three years and has a lot of course experience, having played at the Wisconsin course for the US PGA Championships of 2004, 2010 and 2015. But I think that's a road you should not go down.

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"This is a one-time-only effort and that probably even makes the Ryder Cup captaincy extraordinary".

McIlroy has played in every possible session in his five Ryder Cup appearances to date, but won just two points from his five matches in Paris and has now lost his last two singles contests - against Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas - when sent out first. He loves the Ryder Cup. We know a successful captain is great, and a losing captain, you know, it's his fault. He had been the overwhelming favorite to replace Bjorn, especially after Lee Westwood said he preferred to be captain in the 2022 match in Italy.

He said: "Steve's a solid bloke".

"You know when you're going up against a guy like that that he is mentally tough and strong".

It's vital to serve an apprenticeship as a vice-captain so that, when you get your turn in the top job, you know every detail and you also know how important your backroom team is. He's tough but very straight. This is not like being a football manager where I lose this week, I play next week and if I get the sack, I'll get another team.

"He is as European as they come. But there's no messing from his side".

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