Bjorn names Westwood, Harrington, Donald and McDowell as Europe vice-captains

Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell are set to play unfamiliar roles in the Ryder Cup.

Published : May 22, 2018 19:01 IST

Thomas Bjorn has named Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell as Europe vice-captains for the Ryder Cup in September.

Europe skipper Bjorn appointed Robert Karlsson as his first assistant for the showdown with the United States at Le Golf National.

On Tuesday, Bjorn announced that he will also be able to call on the experience of Westwood, Harrington, Donald and Graeme McDowell for the prestigious event near Paris.

Bjorn's quintet of vice-captains have played 26 Ryder Cup matches between them, eight of which ended in European victories.

They have also amassed a total of 56 points, but are set to take non-playing roles this time around with Westwood the highest on Europe's points list in 32nd.

Bjorn has now finalised his backroom team four months before Europe attempt to wrestle the trophy back off the USA.

The Dane said: "I am delighted not only to make this announcement today but also in the knowledge that I will have people of the calibre of Luke, Padraig, Robert, Graeme and Lee alongside me at Le Golf National. 

"All five are widely respected throughout the game, are all current players who are well known to the players who will be in our team come September, and they also all possess a knowledge and understanding of what to expect from the golf course at Le Golf National too. 

"You only need to look at the record books to see that their Ryder Cup pedigree speaks for itself. Each of them has played both home and away so they are well versed in the contest and know how to handle the special and unique atmosphere.

"They all possess strong personalities but each of them will also bring something different to the team, giving us great balance. They have forthright opinions which is vital under the spotlight of a Ryder Cup week and is something which can only help our cause as we try and regain the trophy."

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