Thomas Bjorn appointed European Ryder Cup captain

Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn has won three Ryder Cups as a player and three as vice-captain

The Ryder Cup is close to Bjorn's heart, having being on the winning side in all three of his appearances as a player - in 1997, 2002 and 2014 - and three out of four times as a vice-captain.

Thomas Bjørn said he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since being unveiled as the 2018 European Ryder Cup captain on Tuesday.

"He has been chairman of the European Tour for almost ten years now so he certainly put in the groundwork and is certainly loaded with a lot of experience from being involved with different teams, three times as a player and four times as a vice-captain".

"We need to win the Ryder Cup back in France, and I feel we've got the best captain to do that". "The vast majority don't know what golf is because it's regarded as an elitist game - it's the same in Spain and Italy".

"I can't imagine anybody thinking he's a bad choice".

He said: "It's a huge honour for me to be named European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris".

The 45-year old Dane has always been Chairman of the European Tour Tournament Committee, a position that could be tied to a long-standing and recurring neck injury that has limited his playing schedule over recent years.

The 45-year-old, three times a player in the biennial contest, becomes the first Scandinavian to be handed the captaincy.

"He has made us cry in the team room this week", said Rory McIlroy when speaking of the emotion running through Team Europe. The timing of the picks, a month in advance, is that too far out from the Ryder Cup?

"I'm very much looking forward to taking on this task". All three were winning captains.

"I've got to say I was impressed with him as a vice-captain".

"I wouldn't be anxious about his fiery nature, that is good in a way".

Jim Furyk is the odds-on favourite to succeed Davis Love III, with the PGA Tour veteran previously featuring in every Ryder Cup from 1997 to 2014 and nearly qualifying for a 10th consecutive appearance last time around.

"I think if you're going to lead something you want the truth, you want people to be honest with you", Bjorn said.

Former European Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin is voicing that exact concern. And secondly, he is also known for his short fuse, although many players have told me that he has tempered down a bit lately. "I'm grateful for all the past captains and the support I've had from them, and it's nice for Ian to come out and be so supportive".

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