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Golf news: Slip of the tongue puts Europe out front in Ryder Cup

Captain Padraig Harrington, answering a question on a British golf show, mistakenly reveals Luke Donald as an assistant captain for the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits

Revealed: By Padraig Harrington, who accidentally disclosed one of his assistant captains for this fall’s Ryder Cup matches. Harrington, Europe’s captain, was a guest on Sky Sports’ “The Golf Show” on Tuesday when he was asked about whom he has contacted in recent days regarding the match when he responded “Luke” as one of his assistants. After quickly trying to correct himself, Harrington joined the rest of the panel in laughter before imploring, “That’s not to be announced yet.” Too late, Paddy. England’s Luke Donald will join Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who already had been confirmed as an assistant captain, on Harrington’s staff. Harrington, 48, of Ireland, is a three-time major champion. Europe will seek to extend its winning streak in the biennial matches to two in a row and 10 of the past 13 when the Americans play host on Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. Donald, 42, of England, has played on four winning European Ryder Cup teams in as many appearances and served as an assistant on the winning team in 2018 under Thomas Bjorn.

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