Wednesday 20 February 2019

Harrington 'consumed' by Ryder captaincy

Padraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Padraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Brian Keogh

Pádraig Harrington has been Ryder Cup captain for less than a week but already admitted that he's becoming "consumed" by the job.

The Dubliner (47) confessed that he was so drained by his first afternoon as Europe's 2020 skipper that he had to go to bed and has been regularly taking recovery naps since his unveiling at Wentworth.

"I can't believe how much it is consuming my thinking at the moment," he told the US-based 'Fairways of Life' podcast yesterday.

"And I am surprised about that.

"When I finished (at Wentworth), I couldn't believe how much I had hit a wall. I had to go back, eat and go to bed straight away.

"I had to get two hours' sleep to get any sort of recovery.

"All week I have had to go for afternoon naps because of the extra stress and load. I assume that will tone down.

"I am consumed by this Ryder Cup now and I am hoping that dies down and I don't continue to think about it as much."

The Dubliner reiterated the importance of Rory McIlroy as a leader but also explained that he's desperate to have record points scorer Sergio Garcia on his 2020 team at Whistling Straits.

"Rory is a leader amongst his peers and it is so satisfactory for the players to be given that responsibility by his peers," he said.

"Sergio does that in the team room.

"Sergio got a pick this time but I'd be desperate that he plays well enough or gets the pick next time because he does such a great job in that team room."

As for playing away, he's not taking anything for granted, despite Europe's seven-point win in Paris.

"We fear the US much more now than we ever did," he said.

"I don't think the US has anything broken to be honest.

"OK, they didn't get it right it Paris but I'd be more worried about them getting it right in Whistling Straits."

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