Padraig Harrington is expected to be named as the next European Ryder Cup Captain at a press conference in England later today.
The Dubliner has been Vice Captain in each of the last three Ryder Cups and it is the captains from those teams that will have decided on the next man to lead the team, alongside European Tour CEO Keith Pelley and a member of the Players Committee.
He is also a four-time winner of the tournament which Europe has secured in nine of the last twelve matches.
Next year’s tournament will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. While Europe has been unbeaten on home soil since 1993, things have been much more even on the other side of the Atlantic with the US winning three of the last five, including in 2015 when Darren Clarke led the team.
Harrington will be the third Irish Captain in the last four and with Golf set to feature large on the sporting horizon this year through the staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch followed by the Open Championship itself at Royal Portrush, this will only add to the excitement around the game.
For the 2018 tournament, Europe changed the qualification process to give Captain Thomas Bjorn four wildcard picks while adding additional benefits for players competing in the Rolex Series events, including the Irish Open.
Whether the qualification criteria for 2020 are confirmed today or not we will bring you al the news of what will hopefully be Ireland’s latest major win on the world sporting stage.