Rory McIlroy wants Padraig Harrington to captain Europe at the 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy during a practice round at this year's Open Championship
Padraig Harrington made the last of his six Ryder Cup appearances in 2010

Rory McIlroy wants fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington to captain Europe at the 2020 Ryder Cup in the US.

Harrington was one of Thomas Bjorn's five vice-captains as Europe regained the trophy with a 17½-10½ triumph at Le Golf National in Paris on Sunday.

"I've always thought Padraig would be a good captain in the United States," said McIlroy, 29.

Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke have captained two of Europe's last three teams.

Dubliner McGinley guided Europe to victory at Gleneagles in 2014 while Northern Irishman Clarke's team were defeated at Hazeltine two years ago.

"Padraig's won a lot of golf tournaments over there. He's won a PGA Championship," added Mcllroy.

"I think the continuity in the European camp having all these vice-captains this year and preparing for captaincy down the road has been a huge foundation of why we've been so good."

Speaking on Monday, Harrington said that he did see himself taking on the European captaincy in the future.

"I wouldn't do it without a certain trepidation because it's not easy, it really isn't easy. It's a tough, tough job," Harrington told Irish broadcaster RTE.

"But on balance yes, I want to be a Ryder Cup captain at some stage."

Harrington, 47, has played in six Ryder Cup teams including the victories in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

The 2020 Ryder Cup will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

How the players did in Paris

Paul CaseyEngland1111.5
Tommy FleetwoodEngland4104
Sergio GarciaSpain3103
Tyrrell HattonEngland1201
Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland2302
Francesco MolinariItaly5005
Alex NorenSweden2102
Thorbjorn OlesenDenmark1101
Ian PoulterEngland2202
Jon RahmSpain1201
Justin RoseEngland2202
Henrik StensonSweden3003

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