Rory McIlroy will play in Ryder Cup, says Padraig Harrington

The three-time major winner is a veteran of six matches against the United States winning on four occasions between 1999 and 2010

The three-time major winner is a veteran of six matches against the United States winning on four occasions between 1999 and 2010

New European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington is considering reducing the number of wildcard picks he will have for next year's match in the United States.

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has backed Rory McIlroy's commitment to the team following the Northern Irishman's recent comments about the European Tour.

"Luckily this time around we are going to a links golf course in the midwest in late September so it is as good as we're going to get for an away venue for the European side".

The three-time major victor had been the clear favorite to succeed Denmark's Thomas Bjorn for the defense at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, after having served as vice captain at the last three Ryder Cups.

That is one of the big advantages when it is your turn to host this mega-event and Darren Clarke faced the ideal storm of a Hazeltine course created to suit big-hitting Americans, as a team bristling from the memory of how they had collapsed against the Gleneagles challenge sought revenge at all costs.

He was the first American to top the official world golf rankings in 1992 and was a two-time victor of the Ryder Cup as a player; featuring as a vice-captain in the 2012 edition took his total involvements to six.

Last year, Bjorn had to endure what looked like a successful US Sunday ambush before finally raising his arm in triumph.

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The biggest challenge for any captain is to fashion an away win. He gives so much to the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup gives so much back to Rory that he can't get anywhere else.

Considered among the greatest to play the game, Woods got his first taste of Ryder Cup leadership by serving as a vice-captain to Davis Love III at Hazeltine in 2016 as a string of back issues blighted his illustrious career.

Lawrie could well be named a Vice Captain by Harrington, but with plenty of other players being prepped for the job and Lee Westwood hinting he wants it in 2022, will there ever be the right time for the Scot?

He has a good record as a player in the competition but it is his persistence to constantly improve, to the point of winning three majors, that will give the European players a real reason to believe in his captaincy.

File photo shows Irish golfer Padraig Harrington driving on Tee 1 during the last round of Portugal Master golf tournament at Oceanico Victoria golf course. His actions is all about the Ryder Cup.

Harrington was confirmed as Europe's captain for the biennial matchplay tournament on Tuesday, succeeding Thomas Bjorn, who skippered Europe as they regained the trophy in France previous year.

Stricker was captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 2017 that beat the worldwide side by eight points.

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