Padraig Harrington will have to wait a little big longer to find out if he will be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, as a decision is now unlikely before the new year.
There was a chance that the European Tour’s five-strong selection committee would be able to announce its decision before the holidays, but that no longer seems to be the case.
The Irish Independent reports that European CEO Keith Pelley has yet to sit down with a representative from the Players’ Committee and recent captains Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn to discuss the captaincy issue, which is a prerequisite to any decision being made.
Still, there seems to be little doubt that Harrington will get the nod to lead Europe’s efforts at Whistling Straits, particularly because his biggest rival Lee Westwood has already made it clear that he’s happy to wait until 2022.
Over in the US, Steve Stricker is considered the most likely US captain, with the competition taking place in his home state of Wisconsin.
Stricker is also expected to be one of Tiger Woods’ vice-captains at next year’s Presidents Cup in Australia, where Woods is hoping to turn out as a captain and player.
“I’m part of the team either way, okay,” he said. “We’ll have our top eight guys, and hopefully I’ll be part of the top eight.”
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After scrambling his way through the first three rounds of the US Open, Justin Rose’s short game couldn’t save him again on Sunday.
Gary Woodland showed plenty of guts as he held off Brooks Koepka to win the US Open on Sunday.
Brooke Henderson clinched the ninth title of her impressive young career with a one-stroke victory at the LPGA Meijer Classic on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson’s career Grand Slam dreams faded once again at Pebble Beach on Saturday, but he couldn’t blame the USGA for it this time.
Rory McIlroy is far from ready to throw in the towel at the US Open, despite being five shots off the pace.
Brooks Koepka moved into tied-third place at the US Open on Saturday, spelling potential danger for the two players just ahead of him.