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Darren Clarke. Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn named Europe vice-captains for Ryder Cup

Updated: Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 12:27 | Comments

Jose Maria Olazabal with US Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III
Jose Maria Olazabal with US Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has named Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley as three of his four vice-captains for the Ryder Cup.

The trio have played in 10 Ryder Cups between them, with nine wins to their credit, and their experience will be leaned on heavily by Olazabal when his Europe team take on the United States in Illinois next month.

Olazabal, a former player and vice-captain, said: "I could not be more delighted than to have Thomas, Darren and Paul as vice-captains especially as we bonded so well supporting Colin Montgomerie in 2010."

Clarke, winner of the Open last year, said: "I am really pleased to be part of Jose Maria's team and I know that we can instil that relaxed atmosphere in the team room and help the captain get the best out of the players.

McGinley, who holed the winning putt on his Ryder Cup debut in 2002, added: "I am thrilled to be part of Team Europe again."

The Ryder Cup will be staged at the Medinah Country Club, Chicago, from 28-30 September.

Thomas Bjorn added: "I'm delighted to be invited by Jose Maria and to be one of his vice-captains. We know that an experienced backroom team can make a big difference, and together we will be looking to support the captain in making good decisions and making the team feel comfortable with what they are doing." 

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