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Padraig Harrington confirms Robert Karlsson as his first Ryder Cup vice-captain

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15:43 18 Sep 2019

Robert Karlsson has been confirmed as the first of Padraig Harrington's European vice-captains for the 2020 Ryder Cup. 

The Swede has represented Europe twice as a player and was on the winning side at the K Club in 2006. He was also a vice-captain under Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.

Europe are hoping to retain the famous old trophy at Whistling Straits next year.

Harrington made the announcement at Wentworth ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship, describing it as a "no brainer".

"Robert was an obvious choice for my first vice-captain having seen his notable contribution to the backroom team last year in Paris, particularly with his attention to detail and his analytical approach", Harrington said at a joint press conference.

"I have known Robert for many years and I know he will bring a wealth of experience to the team.

"As a former Ryder Cup player and European Tour Number One, he commands the respect of his peers and I know I can count on him both in the build-up to Whistling Straits and during the week itself."

Karlsson was delighted to get the nod from Harrington, "It is an honour to be asked to be a vice-captain by Padraig, someone I have known and respected in the game for many years, and I’m really looking forward to playing my part for Team Europe once again over the next 12 months.

"To be involved in what transpired at Le Golf National was a dream come true and I believe the experience and continuity I can bring to the team this time around can be a big help as we aim to retain the trophy on American soil."

The qualification process for the 2020 Ryder Cup begins this week and will conclude back at Wentworth at the 2020 edition of the BMW PGA Championship.

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