Luke Donald has been confirmed as vice-captain for Europe after Padraig Harrington slipped that the Englishman will be part of the team for the Ryder Cup.
Due to coronavirus outbreak, the global golfing calendar has been halted, leading to uncertainty over whether the 2020 Ryder Cup which was due to take place at Whistling Straits in September, will go ahead as planned.
Harrington, however, is planning for the event to take place as scheduled, with Sweden’s Robert Karlsson already confirmed as one of his assistants.
Europe’s captain, Padraig Harrington accidentally revealed Donald will be working with the team too, though stopped to mention his name while appearing on The Golf Show on Sky Sports on Tuesday.
“I had a phone call with Luke… I nearly said the word there, possibly did say the word there… one of my vice-captains yesterday,” Harrington said.
“I thought this was meant to be a secret.” Donald tweeted, followed by Harrington’s reply: “Sorry about that. News was too good to keep under wraps! Welcome to the team.”
Team Europe later announced the appointment officially on social media.
Harrington also said that other players don’t want the Ryder Cup to take place behind closed doors, they may need to “take one for the team” so it can be broadcasted for an audience eager for sporting action.
“It’s an option that nobody wants to take, and the players don’t want it, but we might have to take one for the world team of sport and put an event on that people can watch,” he said.
“It wouldn’t be the same for us, obviously, but it’s sport on TV that we’re all craving. If we see any live sport right now, we’d all be sitting at home watching it.”