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Ryder Cup 2020: Harrington names Karlsson as first vice-captain

Omnisport logo Omnisport 18/09/2019 Nicholas McGee
Padraig Harrington holding a baseball bat: Padraig Harrington at Wentworth © Getty Images Padraig Harrington at Wentworth

Padraig Harrington has named Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Harrington will lead Europe at Whistling Straits as Europe bid to defend the cup, having regained it under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn, who also selected Karlsson as first vice-captain, in France last year.

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Robert Karlsson speaks in a press conference after being announced as a 2018 Ryder Cup Vice Captain by Captain Thomas Bjorn during previews for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 22, 2018 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) © Getty Images VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Robert Karlsson speaks in a press conference after being announced as a 2018 Ryder Cup Vice Captain by Captain Thomas Bjorn during previews for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 22, 2018 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The Irishman held a media conference at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event marking the first at which European players can earn points towards selection for the 2020 team, on Wednesday. 

He used the opportunity to reveal Karlsson will be a part of his leadership group in Wisconsin, having had a first-hand look at Karlsson's impact at Le Golf National.

"Anybody who was involved in 2018 in the backroom staff would see this as a no-brainer," Harrington said of his selection of Karlsson.

"[He's] a great sounding board, a very logical, a very straight sounding board for me for the next year.

"Robert is an icon for the northern Europeans, I need access to those guys, there can be a disconnect, Robert can help bridge that."

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