BOCA RATON, Fla. — The golfers are not the only ones endorsing Luke Donald to return as captain of the European Ryder Cup team.
Four former European Ryder Cup captains were in the field at the TimberTech Championship on the Old Course at Broken Sound, one of them, Irishman Padraig Harrington, winning the event.
And all four share the same sentiments of the players who started chanting “two more years” after soundly defeating the United States in Rome, 16½-11½, five weeks ago.
The Europeans were expressing their desire for Donald to return for a second run as captain in 2025, when the Ryder Cup moves back to the U.S. and will be played at Bethpage Black in New York. Donald is showing interest in returning. The decision now is in the hands of the European Ryder Cup committee.
Here is what those who have walked in Donald’s shoes have to say about the 45-year-old returning. Like the Europeans in Rome, the U.S. will have a distinct advantage playing on home soil and in front of what should be an energized crowd.
Harrington was the captain for Europe’s 19-9 loss in 2021 at Whistling Straits. Donald was one of his vice-captains.
“I knew Luke would do a great job,” he said. “He was my vice-captain and he did great in that job and I was vice-captain with him before (in 2018).
“I wasn’t surprised by anything Luke did. He’d be a great captain again at Bethpage. I’m surprised anybody wants it. If he wants it, I think the players certainly want him and I think everybody would support it.”
When asked why he’d be surprised anyone would want to be Europe’s captain in 2025, Harrington said: Bethpage.
“It’s difficult being an away captain but I think Bethpage would be the toughest one ever. It’d be a big sacrifice for him to do it.”
Langer was captain of the winning European team in 2004 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.
“He knows what to expect,” said Langer, who was born in Germany but has lived in Boca Raton since…