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Olazabal tight-lipped on Ryder Cup deputies

ESPN staff
July 10, 2012
Jose Maria Olazabal will captain Europe in their defence fo the Ryder Cup in Chicago in September © Getty Images

Europe Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will leave the naming of his vice-captains as late as possible, so he knows whether his preferred candidates have made it into his 12-man team or not.

Olazabal revealed in May that he would follow Colin Montgomerie's lead and name four vice-captains after agreeing the number with American skipper Davis Love III at Medinah, the venue for the 39th edition of the competition, last year.

But while the likely European squad to head out to Chicago to defend their crown in September begins to take shape, the Spaniard, a vice-captain himself in 2008 and installed as an interim deputy in 2010, refused to be drawn on the names already at the forefront of his mind for the role.

"I do have a list, yeah, but I won't tell you!" Olazabal said. "I'm going to try to delay it as much as possible because some other players still can make the team, and I don't want to announce a player as vice-captain and then not have him in the team.

"Because of that I'm a little reserved in that area and I'm going to try to wait as much as possible."

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