By Keith Jackson at Wentworth
Final Up to date: 18/09/19 6:12pm
Padraig Harrington has warned potential members of his European Ryder Cup workforce there will likely be “no excuses” for not taking part in within the BMW PGA Championship subsequent 12 months.
Qualifying for the European workforce begins this week and finishes at Wentworth subsequent September, shortly earlier than Harrington takes his aspect to Whistling Straits to defend the Ryder Cup towards Steve Stricker’s Crew USA.
Harrington is delighted to see a stellar discipline teeing it up on the West Course this week, headlined by Rory McIlroy, and he’s intent on seeing extra of the identical a 12 months from now when positions on his workforce for Wisconsin are prone to nonetheless be determined.
“This is a huge part of why it’s starting this week and why it’s finishing at the BMW PGA Championship,” mentioned Harrington, shortly after unveiling Robert Karlsson as his first assistant captain. “That is the flagship occasion in Europe and the gamers flip up and take it.
“That is our largest European occasion, it is the one you wish to be there. You are assured to get a very sturdy discipline, which isn’t simply necessary this 12 months, however it will likely be exceptionally necessary come this time subsequent 12 months that we have now one of the best gamers taking part in the final occasion.
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“If there are positions nonetheless to be determined, every participant will likely be going up towards different good gamers that week and there will not be any excuses. You may’t type of flip round and say, ‘nicely, I do not wish to come to this occasion; it isn’t large enough’.
“This finally will result in no excuses subsequent 12 months, as everyone will likely be right here who needs to get on the workforce. And it is a positive golf course now, it truly is now. They’ve produced the enhancements and everyone loves it and it is an actual stable golf course and it’ll produce positive play, which is strictly the type of golf course we’ll be testing the gamers on.”
Harrington additionally highlighted the significance of getting rookies on the workforce, with the likes of Open champion Shane Lowry and Matt Wallace amongst these prone to make their Ryder Cup debuts in Wisconsin.
“We’d like rookies,” Harrington added. “How do you get the ambiance and buzz on the workforce? You want guys there simply thrilled to be there and excited, after which the older guys get the flexibility to assist and handle a younger participant. That is the great thing about The Ryder Cup, to have rookies on the workforce.
“Clearly you would not wish to go in there with 12 rookies and if 9 rookies qualify, I’ll be choosing three skilled guys. So we cannot be entering into with 12 rookies, however you need a good combination as a result of the rookies have actually made it for Europe over time.
“These are the blokes that come out they usually shine. I’m hoping for a pleasant steadiness on the workforce, and no matter I get, the 9 guys who qualify will need to be there, and it is my job to select three guys to steadiness them out, after which it is myself, Robert and the opposite vice-captains’ jobs to get essentially the most out of them once we are there throughout the week.”