Padraig Harrington could be the next European Ryder Cup captain in 2020. But whoever ends up leading the team, Harrington thinks the American side will have a major disadvantage at host venue Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Speaking to reporters at the Turkish Airlines Open, Harrington commented extensively on the heated biennial matches. Harrington served as vice captain for Europe's landslide victory this year at Le Golf National in Paris. The three-time major champion acknowledged that home-field advantage played a huge role in that win, saying, "We knew going into France, make par be very precious, and Europe will have an advantage, and it proved that way."
So will a similar trend continue at the 2020 contest on U.S. soil? Not so much, says Harrington. Instead, he thinks Whistling Straits benefits the current keepers of the cup. He referred to the past and future PGA Championship venue as a "a European style golf course" and took a dig at the Americans choice of playing field. "Let's face it, if we were going to Riviera, that would be so hard for the Europeans to win on that style of golf course, just U.S. to the bone there," Harrington said. "There's so many golf courses that they could go to in the States. They should just turn up in Hazeltine every year, their cup of tea and gives such an advantage."