Hansen played under both Monty and Olazabal but earned just one point from his five matches, including a Medinah Singles defeat at the hands of Jason Dufner, who finished one shot better at eight under par on day three of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha.
“In the time since Paul was appointed everyone on the European Tour has given him their 100% support,” said Hanson. “Paul just has that ability to make everyone around him feel good and while you can’t deny the USA Team have a strong captain in Tom Watson, and despite Tom being so popular in Scotland, the American team could be up against it given the support for Paul.
“And Paul is going to be very different from Monty and Jose Maria because he will be a lot more open with the players and discuss a lot more team issues with the players.”
England’s Chris Wood will take a three-shot lead into the final round in Doha after shooting a 64 and move to 15-under par with three players, England’s Simon Khan (64), Sweden’s Alex Noren (66) and New Zealand’s Michael Campbell (68) next at 12-under par.
Damien McGrane heads the four remaining Irish in the Doha field, landing a 92-yard wedge to just two feet at the first for one of four birdies in a 70 to move to six-under par.
Michael Hoey doubled the last in a round of 74 to drop to three under par while Peter Lawrie (71) is at two under par and Gareth Maybin (72) on one under par.