Karlsson to repeat role as Europe's Ryder Cup first vice captain
European captain Padraig Harrington has chosen Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next September.
Karlsson held the same role under Thomas Bjorn last year, when Europe regained the trophy with a 17.5-10.5 victory at Le Golf National in Paris.
"Anybody who was involved in 2018 would have seen this as a no-brainer pick," Harrington said Wednesday at the Wentworth Club outside of London in advance of this week's BMW PGA Championship. "Robert is really good at this job. He's very logical, very straight. He doesn't let the emotions get involved. A brilliant vice-captain. ...
"There's other guys who potentially could make the team that could be vice captains, but I need a vice captain now. And Robert is an icon for the northern Europeans, the Continental northern Europeans and I need access to those guys."
Karlsson, 50, played in two Ryder Cup competitions, helping Europe to a rout in 2006 before the United States won in 2008.
"I'm looking forward to it," the Swede said of his role for 2020. "I think definitely the personal aspect, trying to build relationships with the players, that's important and something I'm going to do now that I'm more official in this position."
--Field Level Media
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