Was there anyone else in the frame?
With endorsements like that, Padraig became the front-runner very quickly, and he became the overwhelming favourite when Lee Westwood pulled out of the running.
But just because it seems like my turn, it's something I thought long and hard about.
"I have to understand that it's very black and white".
Harrington, a victor of two Open Championship titles and the US PGA Championship, has been named as Thomas Bjorn's successor for 2020. He's popular over there, so that's a big help, and he's also got vital knowledge of Whistling Straits.
"Having been a player and won three majors I've done a lot in my own personal career".
"I've learned from all of them", he said. I wanted to be a confident captain and I've got to believe that I'm the right guy.
The Irishman, who discovered over Christmas that he had broken a bone in his wrist that will delay him starting his 2019 season until February, was on the winning team in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010. The only American player to tee up in the French Open at the same venue a year ago - Justin Thomas - was unsurprisingly the top points scorer for Jim Furyk's side, and that was telling.
Paul McGinley, winning European captain in 2014, welcomed the appointment. Paul is a fastidious, meticulous, incremental thinker and everything he does is super-organised.
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He said his status in the game would be damaged if Europe loses the trophy in Wisconsin.
"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.
The Dubliner had been the clear favourite to succeed Thomas Bjorn at Whistling Straits and the news was confirmed at a press conference at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters.
While latterly he has brought his extensive experience to the role of vice-captain in the past three editions of the biennial contest.
"It is daunting because you want to do a good job".
The 47-year-old will lead the visiting team as they defend their title against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September next year.
"I am excited by the whole idea". I just think Stricker would be an ideal choice. His actions are all about the Ryder Cup.
Europe has won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups. "But it's not something that I take on without a certain amount of trepidation".
Padraig Harrington poses with the Ryder Cup after being appointed as the European Ryder Cup Captain for The 2020 Ryder Cup. He won't want to change a winning formula, he knows what works and - perhaps more importantly - what doesn't work, and he'll stick with that.
His planning starts now and he will be consumed by all things Ryder Cup for the next 20 months.
"Players are interested in being under me as a captain".