Padraig Harrington names Henrik Stenson as fifth vice-captain for Team Europe at Ryder Cup

By Simon Collings

Henrik Stenson has been named as the fifth vice-captain for Team Europe at this month’s Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits.

The Swede joins Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell as vice-captains for skipper Padraig Harrington.

Stenson has an impressive Ryder Cup pedigree after making five appearances as a player in the competition, including most recently at the 2018 edition in Paris.

Harrington will be hoping to pick Stenson’s brains after making him part of his backroom team for this Ryder Cup, which begins a week on Friday.

Stenson said: “It’s a great honour to get the call and to be involved with Team Europe.

“I’ve been part of five Ryder Cup teams in the past and to be given the opportunity as a vice-captain to help Europe’s quest to retain the Ryder Cup is exciting.

“Padraig called me on Monday morning and it was not a long conversation. I accepted straight away and I assured him that myself, along with the other vice-captains are there to help and assist him and the team in any way we can.

“We have a very strong team. It’s a mix of huge experience along with three guys who will take on their first Ryder Cup - and that’s a great combination. We have strength in depth so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing the boys perform.

“It’s no secret that winning on away soil is always a little bit harder, but the boys are ready for that challenge. It’s all going to come down to how well we play during the week but I have every faith in our team.”

Harrington, who selected Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry as his wild cards on Sunday, said: “Henrik will bring so much to the week in all aspects both on and off the course.

“Everyone is aware that the Ryder Cup can be a tense week at times too, so Henrik’s renowned wit and sense of fun will benefit our team room immensely. It will also be helpful to have the cool head of the ‘Ice Man’ around should any stressful situation emerge.”

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