Wednesday 18 September 2019

Harrington 'deserves' to be captain - Rose

"I'd go with Pádraig," Rose (pictured) said. Photo: AP

Brian Keogh

Justin Rose believes Pádraig Harrington is the ideal man to captain Europe in the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

The English star is keen to successfully defend his Turkish Airlines Open title this week and regain the world No 1 ranking.

But when pressed on his ideal choice for the 2020 captaincy, he sees qualities in Harrington he believes make him the ideal man to lead Europe's Cup defence in the US.

"I'd go with Pádraig," Rose said. "I think it's his time... There's a bunch of guys who deserve it but there's not enough Ryder Cups for everybody to get it. I think with someone like Pádraig, who is a three-time Major champion, his record certainly suggests that he deserves it."

Pointing to Harrington's three vice-captaincies as key, he added: "I think he's been brilliant in the team room in his role of vice-captain.

"No job is too small. He's happy to muck in and do the most menial of tasks or the biggest of tasks.

"I heard a story this week - Thorbjorn (Olesen), I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but when he was very disappointed about not playing on the Saturday, Pádraig was the one that was around him for most of that day and made his day much better, much easier."

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