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Stackstown's delight as Padraig gets nod to lead Ryder Cup bid

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Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Padraig Harrington and his wife Caroline with the Ryder Cup trophy at Wentworth yesterday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Padraig Harrington will make sure to take the Ryder Cup trophy back to Stackstown Golf Club - if and when he emerges victorious as team captain.

That's according to the Rathfarnham club captain, Brendan King, who says the three-time Major winner has a place of honour in their clubhouse.

The Padraig Harrington Room always has people coming in and out - even those who don't play the game.

With memorabilia such as replica trophies and some of Harrington's equipment, it will become even more popular if he can bring home the coveted Ryder Cup trophy.

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Stackstown Golf Club Captains Brendan King and Anne O’Connor

Stackstown Golf Club Captains Brendan King and Anne O’Connor

Stackstown Golf Club Captains Brendan King and Anne O’Connor

Harrington will lead the European team at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, with Europe the holders after defeating the US at Golf National in Paris last year.

"I've just been talking with a few of the members and everyone is delighted with the news," Mr King said.

"He's been a great ambassador for the country and golf and I'm sure he's going to do a great job for Europe as well."

Despite his hectic schedule, Harrington still pops in to the clubhouse a couple of times every year.

"The reminder we have every day is the Harrington Room where we have all his trophies from his amateur days right through to the Walker Cup, Ryder Cup, then the Majors and competitions around the world," Mr King said.

It offers inspiration for all the younger golfers coming through of what can be achieved if you match work ethic with talent on the course.

Dedication

But the sheer dedication that Harrington had from an early age is difficult to replicate, said Mr King, a club member for almost 40 years.

"The thing I remember was going out to play a round of golf at the first and Padraig would be on the putting green practising. We'd be back around on to the 10th hitting off and he'd still be practising on the putting green and you'd finish a round of golf and he'd still be there.

"He was just so dedicated and put in the hours working on his game."

Harrington becomes the third Irish captain out of the past four, following Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.

"Padraig is a magnificent sporting ambassador for Ireland," said Sport Minister Shane Ross.


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