Thomas Bjorn named 2018 European Ryder Cup captain

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn to skipper Europeans for biennial clash at Le Golf National. 

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Tue, 6 Dec 2016

Thomas Bjorn has been named 2018 European Ryder Cup captain for the biennial clash against the United States at Le Golf National in France.

Bjorn, 45, has played for three European Ryder Cup teams, winning each time in 1997, 2002 and 2014, and has also served as a vice-captain on four occasions.

The Dane, who was chosen narrowly ahead of Scotland's 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, becomes only the fourth golfer outside the British Isles to skipper the European side after Spain's Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, and Germany's Bernhard Langer.

Bjorn will look to win back the Ryder Cup for Europe after Davis Love's United States side won 17-11 at Hazeltine in October.

Masters champion Danny Willett told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Thomas is a well-respected man in our game and on the European Tour. From what I saw from him as vice-captain, he will make a fantastic captain."

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