Considered among the greatest to play the game, Woods got his first taste of Ryder Cup leadership by serving as a vice-captain to Davis Love III at Hazeltine in 2016 as a string of back issues blighted his illustrious career.
The 47-year-old Irishman was named captain for the 2020 matches at Whistling Straits during a Tuesday announcement at European Tour headquarters, taking over for Thomas Bjorn as he looks to continue a run of continental dominance in the biennial matches that includes seven wins in the last nine attempts.
Harrington becomes the third Irish captain out of the past four, following Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.More news: Michigan Hires Alabama's Josh Gattis As Its Offensive Coordinator
I want to hopefully leave the European Tour and Ryder Cup in a better place after two years, but I know we are going to a new venue, it's an away match, we're going to have on average three more rookies coming into the team. We've had some great captains and I've learnt from all of them.
"I've learned from all of them", he said.
"It's something that you'd better embrace because you know it will have that asterisk (next to your name) if you don't win it". McGinley and Clarke were among those in a five-man committee to select the captain for Whistling Straits. Cynics might suggest that captains choose their vice-captains simply based on who their friends are, but Harrington appears to appreciate the mix of characters required in the European team room.More news: Peter Farrelly Apologizes for Exposing Himself to Cameron Diaz
Each new captain is appointed after having generally worked as a vice-captain, often for more than one event - an approach that contrasts to that of the Americans who often seem to be starting their planning afresh each time. He also has experience of the course from PGA championships appearances.
The U.S. side is expected to set Whistling Straits up to fit their bomb and gouge style, and now seven of the top 12 players in the world wear red, white and blue (although we still have a long way to go to Whistling). I just think Stricker would be an ideal choice.
'It does make my job easier that I feel I have the confidence of the players, ' Harrington added.
It is unrealistic to expect every pairing to produce results at a Ryder Cup, but Bjorn certainly enjoyed more hits than misses in the north of France. "It is a different element to your career".More news: Rajinikanth craze: Fan couple gets married outside theatre which screened 'Petta'