Harrington, 47, a three-time major victor who played on six European teams, takes over for Thomas Bjorn, who oversaw a rousing success in France in September when Europe defeated the Americans 16½ to 9½, a seventh victory in the last 10 Ryder Cups.
"The second thing is the golf course that we're playing on is a European style golf course, it's a golf course that really suits the European style".
That is one of the big advantages when it is your turn to host this mega-event and Darren Clarke faced the flawless storm of a Hazeltine course created to suit big-hitting Americans, as a team bristling from the memory of how they had collapsed against the Gleneagles challenge sought revenge at all costs.
"His actions are what I'm looking at and he will do everything he can to be in that Ryder Cup team".
Last year, Bjorn had to endure what looked like a successful US Sunday ambush before finally raising his arm in triumph. "I want to be a winning captain". He gives so much to the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup gives so much back to Rory that he can't get anywhere else. That man loves the Ryder Cup.
Even then, it took the spirit of Seve and the sensational late birdie blitz on Saturday by Ian Poulter, playing with Rory McIlory, to snatch an important point that made Sunday's comeback in the singles a possibility rather than a remote hope in the heart of diehard fans. Meanwhile, his main rival Lee Westwood had expressed his desire to try and qualify as a player.
The good news is that Harrington believes some American players "aren't that happy" with the links-style course at Whistling Straits, where Martin Kaymer won the 2010 US PGA Championship.
Padraig Harrington's immediate future has been unveiled to all and sundry. "He could do anything in a Ryder Cup, he could gee you up if needs be or he could be calm and chilled out".
The 51-year-old has plenty of pedigree.
24 September 2006; Padraig Harrington, Team Europe 2006, celebrates with the tricolour on the balcony of the clubhouse after victory over the USA.
"He will be 100 per cent behind and in that Ryder Cup team, there's no doubt about it".
It is hard to see how the U.S. skipper, most likely Steve Stricker, will be able to create the generous driving areas and lightening fast greens so favoured by the Americans.
"My job is to get the 12 best players into the European team, performing together as well as they can". 35th Ryder Cup Matches, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township, Michigan, USA.
"But I would also bring emotions in and we saw that last time in France".
In a 17½ -10½ demolition of America's top golfers, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood became the first European pair to win all four of their matches.