Padraig keen on Ryder Cup role

European Tour

Two-time major winner Padraig Harrington admits he would love to be part of Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup management team, but admits he is unlikely to get the call.

McGinley has already named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as two of his vice-captains, but he is set to select two more and the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez have been mooted as candidates.

Harrington has dropped out of the world top 200 and his chances of being selected as a playing member of the European team are all but over. However, he won’t turn down an opportunity to be part of the non-playing team.

“There’s no doubt I wouldn’t turn it down and I hope to be a Ryder Cup captain myself some day and I see being a vice-captain as part of the learning curve for that,” he told RTI.

“But Paul’s already got an Irish guy [Smyth], he’s already got a Scottish guy [Torrance].

“He’s got two more [vice-captains] to bring in and he’s going to need a European in there so there’s not much room. I wouldn’t put any pressure on him.”

He added: “He’d never bring it up, I’d never bring it up. Anyway, I would rather him be completely neutral when it comes to something like that.”

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