Kuala Lumpur – Padraig Harrington promised to offer his gamers a “pat on the shoulder” and make them really feel snug when he steps as much as captain Europe’s Ryder Cup crew subsequent 12 months.
The 47-year-old Irishman was given the honour in January after making six appearances as a participant within the biennial showdown towards Crew America.
Harrington, a three-time Main-winner was additionally a part of the successful crew 4 instances (2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010) and served as vice-captain within the final three Ryder Cups.
However Harrington, talking forward of this week’s Maybank Championship within the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, stated being captain might be a unique ball sport altogether.
“Despite the fact that I’ve performed six instances, you study so little if you play. You might be simply doing your individual factor,” he stated on Wednesday.
“As vice-captain, you see rather more. Each participant might be totally different in what they want and what they need.
“Each participant wants info, but additionally a pat on the shoulder that you simply imagine in them.
“Every participant is particular person, and that’s the job of the captain – to ensure he interacts with the gamers they usually really feel snug.”
Harrington’s predecessor Thomas Bjorn, who led Europe to victory final September in Paris, stated the panel dialogue to appoint Harrington as captain didn’t take lengthy.
“Along with his Ryder Cup file, along with his Main file, the participant he has been through the years and the place he sits in European golf, there was by no means a query,” stated the Dane.
“He is an excellent selection, it comes at a good time, he is on the proper age. It was the briefest dialogue we had.”
The Maybank Championship might be Harrington’s first event of the 12 months after he broke a bone in his wrist falling down stairs at his house in December.
India’s Shubhankar Sharma, bracketed with South African nice Ernie Els for the opening two rounds, might be out to defend his title after a two-stroke win over Spaniard Jorge Campillo in 2018.
Kurt Kitayama is taken into account one other robust contender for the European and Asian Tour-sanctioned occasion after clinching two titles within the final three months.
The American captured December’s Mauritius Open title in his solely his third European Tour begin, earlier than successful on the Oman Open earlier this month.
Massive-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters will even look to show his good kind into silverware, whereas the house crowd might be urging Malaysia’s Gavin Inexperienced so as to add to his 4 skilled victories.