Thomas Bjorn Named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain

The Dane will captain Europe at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018

Thomas Bjorn Named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain
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Three-time Ryder Cup winner Thomas Bjorn named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain for Le Golf National in 2018

Thomas Bjorn Named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain

Thomas Bjorn has been named European Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match at Le Golf National in Paris.

The Dane won the Ryder Cup as a player in all three of his appearances in 1997, 2002 and 2014 and has been a vice-captain four times.

The 45-year-old said, "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."

Thomas Bjorn Named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain

Bjorn as a vice-captain during the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

"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."

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Bjorn was chosen ahead of the likes of Paul Lawrie, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Padraig Harrington.

He's won 15 European Tour titles, with his most recent victory coming in December 2013 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The 2018 Ryder Cup will take place at the Paris National from 28-30 September where Europe will look to regain the trophy from USA after Darren Clarke's side lost 17-11 at Hazeltine this year.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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