2020 Ryder Cup: Henrik Stenson has been appointed as Padraig Harrington’s European team’s vice-captain

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2020 Ryder Cup: Henrik Stenson has represented Staff Europe in five Ryder Cups; the Swede will be joined by Luke Donald, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, and Graeme McDowell in Harrington’s backroom team at Whistling Straits next week.

Henrik Stenson will be Team Europe’s fifth and final vice-captain at this month’s 2020 Ryder Cup, according to Padraig Harrington.

The 45-year-old Swede has five Ryder Cup appearances as a player, including in Europe’s 2018 victory at Le Golf National, and is now a member of the backroom team for the first time.

Stenson will be joined by fellow Swede Robert Karlsson, Englishman Luke Donald, German Martin Kaymer, and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell as vice-captains at Whistling Straits, with a combined experience of 19 Ryder Cups for Europe and 40 points scored.

“It’s an honour to be called and to be a part of Team Europe,” Stenson remarked. “Having been a part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past, being given the opportunity to help Europe retain the 2020 Ryder Cup as a vice-captain is fantastic.”

“On Monday morning, Padraig called me and we had a brief conversation. I immediately agreed and informed him that I, along with the other vice-captains, would be happy to assist him and the squad in any way we could.

“We have a really capable group. It’s a terrific combination of vast expertise and three individuals who will be competing in their first Ryder Cup. I’m excited to get out there and watch the boys perform because we have a lot of depth.

“It’s no secret that winning on the road is always a little more difficult, but the boys are up to the task. It’ll all come down to how well we play during the week, but I’m confident in our group.”

In his Ryder Cup debut at the K Club in 2006, Stenson earned the winning point for Europe, and he also played at Valhalla in 2008. The former Open Champion followed up appearances in 2014 and 2016 by winning all three of his matches for Thomas Bjorn’s winning side in 2018.

Following a tie for third place result at the D+D Real Czech Masters, the former Race to Dubai winner claimed third at the Omega European Masters and put in excellent performances at the DS Automobiles Italian Open and BMW PGA Championship in recent weeks.

“Henrik will contribute a lot to the week, both on and off the course,” Harrington said. “His track record speaks for itself, and all of the players have complete faith in him.” He understands what it takes to win the Ryder Cup, and his expertise and experience will be invaluable to us.

“Everyone knows the Ryder Cup can be a tense week at times, so Henrik’s famed wit and sense of humour will be really beneficial to our team room.” It will also be beneficial to have the ‘Ice Man’s calm demeanour on hand in the event of a tense circumstance.”

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