Thomas Bjorn Announces Ryder Cup Vice Captains

Donald, McDowell, Harrington and Westwood will all be vice captains at Le Golf National

Ryder Cup Vice Captains

Westwood, Harrington, Donald and McDowell have been announce as vice captains for this year's match

Thomas Bjorn Announces Ryder Cup Vice Captains

Thomas Bjorn has added four more vice captains to his team to join Swede Robert Karlsson.

Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell will all be vice captains to Bjorn at Le Golf National in September.

Bjorn announced the four new vice captains today in a press conference at Wentworth ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship.

The four new vice captains have made a combined 24 appearances for Europe as players in the Ryder Cup.

Harrington has made six appearances for Europe and has been vice captain for the last two matches.

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Westwood has made 10 appearances in a row for Europe since 1997, and has been on the winning side a record seven times. He has won 23 points in that spell, just two behind leading points scorer Nick Faldo.

McDowell has made four appearances for Europe and famously secured the winning point at the 2010 match at Celtic Manor, where he defeated Hunter Mahan on the 17th hole.

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Donald has also appeared four times for Europe and has been on the winning side all four times.

USA captain Jim Furyk has already announced Davis Love III, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice captains.

The Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National in Paris from 28th-30th September.

Europe will seek to regain the trophy after losing it to the USA 17-11 last time out at Hazeltine.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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