The Shire London has announced European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn as its honorary captain for 2017-2018.
The 46-year-old Dane will represent the club in the build up to the 2018 Ryder Cup, and will host the Thomas Bjorn Trophy at the layout, located near Barnet.
Bjørn said: “I am very honoured to have been appointed Honorary Captain and to become an ambassador for The Shire London. It is the perfect golfing base for me in the UK with great practice facilities and the fantastic Ballesteros Masters Course. The Club has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and the Menai-Davis family are not only great hosts, but they are also passionate supporters of growing the game of golf”.
The Shire London, which has no formal committee or club captain, will celebrate its 10th anniversaty under Bjorn's captaincy.
The three-time Ryder Cup player made his debut in the event at Valderrama under Seve Ballesteros, the designer of the Shire’s Masters course.
“It means a lot to me that my hero Seve designed the golf course at The Shire London” he said.
“His legacy is everywhere in the world of golf, and with this year being the 20th anniversary of the European victory at Valderrama, which was also my Rookie appearance, the timing could not be more fitting. Being based at Seve’s course will inspire me in the build-up to my own captaincy.”
Bjorn will also use the club’s practice facilities, gym and course, which is the only Seve design in England.
“We could not be more proud that Thomas Bjørn is joining us here at The Shire London to make it his home club” said The Shire London’s Tony Menai-Davis.
“It is a huge thrill for all of us connected with the club that such a successful and influential figure from world golf will be representing us for the next two years, and we look forward to seeing him around the club.
“To have the European Ryder Cup Captain based at The Shire London will be incredibly exciting, and like all golf fans we will be backing Thomas all the way as he builds his team in preparation for Paris in 2018. Go Team Europe!”
Head to the Shire’s website for more.