• Lawrie, Bjorn and Harrington all chosen
• Two more vice captains to be selected at a later date
Ryder Cup | Vice Captains
Paul Lawrie has been named as one of three vice-captains to assist Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke at Hazeltine National Golf Club in September.
Paul Lawrie, who is joined as a vice captain by Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington, has made two appearances in the Ryder Cup as a player and will now be part of the background team for the first time.
After the announcement, the Aberdeen man said: “It’s going to be a great honour to take on this role on US soil at Hazeltine. Having played in two Ryder Cups, both in America, I would hope to draw on those experiences and offer some advice and guidance to the European team, and continue the momentum to retain the Ryder Cup.
"Darren will be a fantastic leader, and it’s going to be a privilege to be part of his backroom team, alongside Thomas and Padraig.”
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Speaking at the press conference during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Clarke explained his delight all three had accepted his invitation.
“They needed no persuading,” he said: “The three bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and their input will be invaluable to Europe’s cause. I could not have asked for anybody better to be standing shoulder to shoulder with me in the bid to bring the Ryder Cup home.
“Paul is a highly respected major championship winner and knows exactly what it will take to reach our intended destination. His calm, considered approach and strength of character will be of immense value.”
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For Bjorn and Harrington, signals a return to a role in which they have both experienced success. Bjorn has been on the winning side Ryder Cup side three times as a player and three times as a vice captain, while Harrington won the trophy in four of his six appearances as a player before making his backroom team debut during the victory at Gleneagles in 2014.
Harrington echoed Lawrie’s sentiments and added: “I found it really interesting and rewarding helping out Paul and the team at Gleneagles in 2014 and seeing the Ryder Cup from such a different angle.
“I think I learned a lot from the experience and also from the matches I’ve played in, so I hope I will be able to be of some help to Darren and the players.”
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Bjorn concluded: ”It is an honour to be a member of the European Ryder Cup team campaign in any capacity and I very much look forward to playing a part in Darren’s team at Hazeltine.”
The remaining two vice captains, who will complete the backroom team for the 2016 match, will be named at a later date.
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