Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France.
The 45-year-old Dane has been a vice-captain for 4 earlier matches, together with this yr’s 17-11 defeat to the US at Hazeltine.
He additionally performed in three Ryder Cups and was twice runner-up at The Open.
Bjorn, probably the most profitable Danish golfer, turns into the primary Scandinavian skipper of the group.
He had been a agency favorite for the job, particularly after Padraig Harrington stated he needed to play within the subsequent match, at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris, somewhat than tackle the captaincy.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris,” Bjorn instructed rydercup.com. “This is among the best days in my profession.
“I studied quite a lot of captains as a participant and as a vice-captain and at all times puzzled what that feeling can be wish to be the one main out a group of 12 nice gamers. Now it is my flip to do exactly that and it’s an thrilling second for me.
“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. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this task.”
Bjorn was chosen by a five-man choice panel comprising the three most up-to-date captains – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal – in addition to European Tour chief government Keith Pelley and European Tour event committee member Henrik Stenson.
Pelley stated: “Thomas has many fantastic traits which he’ll convey to the function of captain.
“Firstly, he’s extremely skilled having performed in three successful Ryder Cup groups and having been a vice-captain 4 occasions.
“He additionally has dedication. We’ve got seen that over the past 9 years as event committee chairman, so we all know as Ryder Cup captain he can have the identical unwavering dedication.
“Thirdly, he has ardour. Not just for this glorious recreation, however for the European Tour and Crew Europe and he needs the Ryder Cup to be the best sporting occasion it may be.
“So when you look at these characteristics, I am convinced they will make him a great Ryder Cup captain.”