Padraig Harrington has been named the 2020 European Ryder Cup captain and will look to lead the team to a successful defence at Whistling Straits.
In 2018, the Irishman was one of Thomas Bjørn's vice-captains at Le Golf National but in 2020 he will make the step up to captain on American soil.
And it hasn't taken players long to send their congratulations to the six-time appearance maker.
— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) January 8, 2019
— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) January 8, 2019
Congrats to @padraig_h for been the new @rydercup captain for @RyderCupEurope ... looking forward to grow my game to the next level and have a chance to be on your team... why not? To dream is free... i am a dreamer...
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) January 8, 2019
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) January 8, 2019
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) January 8, 2019
— Matt Wallace (@mattsjwallace) January 8, 2019
— PGAs of Europe (@pgasofeurope) January 8, 2019
— Celtic Manor Resort (@TheCelticManor) January 8, 2019
Padraig is a good man and will be terrific RC Captain. https://t.co/1ymlVyvltr
— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 8, 2019
— Michael Breed (@MichaelBreed) January 8, 2019
— Conor Moore (@ConorSketches) January 8, 2019
— Catriona matthew (@Beany25) January 8, 2019
— Rick Shiels PGA (@RickShielsPGA) January 8, 2019
— Edward Leonard (@newedleonard) January 8, 2019
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) January 8, 2019
Best a luck Podge
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 8, 2019
Congrats @padraig_h . Having played against him before, and lost money twice, can I recommend you pick your brother, Columb, for Whistling Straits? As you probably know very well, he’s a bloody nightmare to play against.
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) January 8, 2019
— Dougie Donnelly (@dougiedonnelly) January 8, 2019
Congrats to Padraig - no doubt he will have us well prepared for the huge challenge of winning away from home. The exam will probably be one of stiff breezes on a course reminiscent to many in Europe with rolling fairways / greens and fescue grasses https://t.co/yDDtC0gQr2
— Paul McGinley (@mcginleygolf) January 8, 2019
— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) January 8, 2019
But what did the man himself have to say?
Starting to settle down after all the media today. Delighted to be given the opportunity to captain the European Ryder Cup team in 2020 at Whistling Straits. Exciting times ahead. #TeamEurope
— Padraig Harrington (@padraig_h) January 8, 2019