In fact, as he discussed his thought process before accepting the position, the challenge awaiting him over the next 20 months and its potential impact on his golfing legacy, the role already seemed something of a burden for the easygoing Irishman.
"Their confidence in me is hopefully going to be well-placed", Harrington said.
He used the word "daunting". "So I am putting something on the line going out there".
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"I am very encouraged by the support I have received from the players, " he said. How am I going to feel about that?'
Pavard played in six of France's seven games at the World Cup finals, only missing their final group game against Denmark, and he scored his first global goal in the last-16 clash with Argentina. He played in three USA Ryder Cup teams and on five winning Presidents Cup sides while he captained the USA Team to victory in the 2017 Presidents Cup.
Harrington succeeds Thomas Bjorn for the 43rd instalment of the competition after an announcement at the European Tour's headquarters in Wentworth.
Pádraig Harrington celebrates with future Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley at the 2002 event.
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In many ways, McIlroy's stance captures the glaring artificiality of the Ryder Cup.
"I think Steve will be a nice Ryder Cup captain".
"Having won three majors, I've done a lot in my own personal career, but I know taking on the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different thing and a different level". "But I think more of it is you are trying to beat a USA team away from home".
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.
"I'm well aware that it's win or nothing, that's the way it goes".
He won the British Open in 2007 and '08, and the U.S. PGA Championship in 2008 - a run of three titles in six majors.
Harrington was the presumed captain all along, which clears the way for Lee Westwood to take the reins in Rome in 2022.
"I know we want continuity in Europe, we want to keep moving along and ideally we play the Ryder Cup tomorrow with the same twelve guys". It does make my job easier. "I am not as stressed about everything that goes with it". "It is a different element to your career".
"You can't do everything as a captain, your very much defined by the quality of your vice-captains and you have to rely on them a lot".