Den­mark’s Bjorn to cap­tain Europe at 2018 Ry­der Cup

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Den­mark’s Thomas Bjorn will cap­tain the Euro­pean team at the 2018 Ry­der Cup in Paris, Ry­der Cup Europe an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Bjorn, 45, vice-cap­tain for four pre­vi­ous Ry­der Cups, suc­ceeds North­ern Ir­ish­man Dar­ren Clarke.

“It’s a huge hon­our for me to be named Euro­pean cap­tain for the 2018 Ry­der Cup in Paris,” Bjorn said in a state­ment on the Ry­der Cup web­site. “This is one of the great­est days in my ca­reer.” Bjorn, who is Den­mark’s most suc­cess­ful golfer, has played in three Ry­der Cups, fin­ish­ing on the win­ning side in 1997, 2002 and 2014, and twice fin­ished sec­ond in the Bri­tish Open.

He was vice-cap­tain of this year’s team who lost 17-11 to the United States at Hazel­tine.

A 15-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner, he had been the favourite for the non-play­ing post, af­ter Ire­land’s Padraig Har­ring­ton said he wanted to play at the event, and was cho­sen ahead of Scot­land’s Paul Lawrie. “I have lived and breathed the Euro­pean Tour for so long and now I will do the same with the Ry­der Cup for the next two years,” Bjorn added. “I stud­ied a lot of cap­tains as a player and as a vice-cap­tain and al­ways won­dered what that feel­ing would be like to be the one lead­ing out a team of 12 great play­ers.

“Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for me.” Bjorn will be only the fourth man from out­side the Bri­tish Isles to cap­tain Europe af­ter Span­ish pair Seve Balles­teros and Jose Maria Olaz­a­bal and Ger­many’s Bern­hard Langer.

He was cho­sen by a five-man panel of the three most re­cent cap­tains-Clarke, Paul McGin­ley and Olaz­a­bal-plus Euro­pean Tour chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Pel­ley and Euro­pean Tour tour­na­ment com­mit­tee mem­ber Hen­rik Sten­son. The USA’s one-sided suc­cess in Min­nesota in Oc­to­ber was their first Ry­der Cup tri­umph since 2008.

The 2018 event will take place at the Paris Na­tional from Septem­ber 28-30. “Thomas is a well-re­spected man in our game and on the Euro­pean Tour,” Masters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett, a mem­ber of Europe’s beaten 2016 team, told BBC Ra­dio 5 Live. “From what I saw from him as vice-cap­tain, he will make a fan­tas­tic cap­tain.” — AFP

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