"He has done three vice-captaincies and I think he's ready for this job".
"We were always playing catch up, we were playing a great team, so you learn a lot in adversity".
The 47-year-old Irishman said he felt that the post would fit "really well" for him back in October, having been an integral part of the team room for the past three years and has a lot of course experience, having played at the Wisconsin course for the US PGA Championships of 2004, 2010 and 2015. "There's no doubt I'm excited with the whole idea". The PGA of America removed much of the rough at Medinah and Hazeltine to suit the American players, and I expect to see more of the same in Wisconsin. They are great players, a great team. He questioned whether he would find the "edge" needed to lift Europe to a win over what will be a strong American team at Whistling Straits in 2020. The only American player to tee up in the French Open at the same venue previous year - Justin Thomas - was unsurprisingly the top points scorer for Jim Furyk's side, and that was telling. Paul is a fastidious, meticulous, incremental thinker and everything he does is super-organised. He raised the bar, created the blueprint for future captains. "It's something I will take on over the next 18 months".
Pavard played a key role in France's World Cup win at Russian Federation 2018 and reports of a move to Bayern have persisted since, although both parties have previously denied any agreement.
Harrington becomes the third Irish captain out of the past four, following Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke. Bernard did get involved, he would get on the tee box and tell you what clubs to hit.
"But I also played under Bernhard Langer, who was like a school teacher". He's the guy you want to play.
Europe were beaten 17-11 on their last attempt to retain the trophy in the United States and, while McGinley believes it will be a tall order to do so this time around at Whistling Straits, he believes Harrington should have plenty of reason for encouragement.
The five-time major champion is nailed on to be a captain at some stage, but next year's event may well come too soon for him. I really feel conscious that I have to find that edge. His actions are all about the Ryder Cup.
"It's not something I went into lightly", he said. If you go to a former winning skipper, that in itself is a statement of weakness in my book.
"I have to understand that it's very black and white".