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Olazabal confirms three Ryder Cup vice-captains

ESPN staff
August 16, 2012
Darren Clarke has an emotional history with the Ryder Cup © Getty Images

European skipper Jose Maria Olazabal has named Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley as three of his four vice-captains for the Ryder Cup.

The trio held the same position in 2010, when they assisted Colin Montgomerie as Europe triumphed at Celtic Manor. Between them, Bjorn, Clarke and McGinley have played in ten Ryder Cups.

Olazabal has confirmed that he will announce his fourth vice-captain on August 27, when he will also finalise his two wildcard picks for the tournament.

"I could not be more delighted than to have Thomas, Darren and Paul as vice-captains especially as we bonded so well supporting Colin Montgomerie in 2010," Olazabal said. "All three are world-class golfers with tremendous experience of playing in the Ryder Cup which is absolutely invaluable.

"For me to have these guys - all such great friends - by my side is fantastic. I know like me they will now be counting down the days to to Medinah with one aim: to return home with the cup.

"Thomas, Darren and Paul share a special spirit and love for the game and they have the respect and admiration of everyone in golf. Their passion, commitment and desire to win will encourage everyone in the team room and for me it is so important to have guys you know, guys you trust, guys familiar with this contest because the Ryder Cup is unique.

"My own experiences as a vice-captain in 2008 and 2010 taught me that you need a lot of help that week. You need eyes, extra eyes to follow the players in the practice rounds to gather as much information as you can about how everyone is playing.

"Then it is important to have each match watched because you have to hand in your pairings for the afternoon matches when the players are still out on the course. That means it is essential to have all the information you can get before you put those pairings down on paper - my vice-captains will make sure that is the case and I will name the fourth one at the August 27 conference when I announce my two picks.

"This Ryder Cup, like so many in the past, will come down to who shows the most character under pressure. It is certain to be close but I am confident we have the players to bring the cup back home with us, and to have Thomas, Darren and Paul already onside in Team Europe is a massive boost."

The European team currently reads: Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter.

The event takes place between September 28 and 30 at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

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