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Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn opts for experienced vice-captains

24 May 2018

Perhaps this is just as well; Bjorn's September challenge will be to topple a U.S. team widely branded as the finest of all time.

Harrington has played on six teams, and has been an assistant captain the last three times.

Joining Robert Karlsson, it's a strong five backing the captain.

From the captain there was some early advice for his assistants. "We can't control what the Americans do but we will go and do everything that we can to create that environment where our players can play their best".

'We've become good friends, and it can't hurt when you can call upon someone as successful as Pep for advice, ' said the 27 year old.

"We know what we're up against, we won't run away from it, that's what we've got to face". They have extremely strong players. But to be involved with it is very special as well'. Maybe and maybe not. But that's not really what I'm focusing on. Having been fortunate to play in the last ten matches, I am actually looking forward to contributing to Europe's cause in a slightly different way at this year's contest. "They have a very strong team but so do we".

Europe will be aiming to regain the cup at Le Golf National in Paris from 28 to 30 September after losing 17-11 to Team USA at Hazeltine two years ago. But when it comes down to it, if you're a favourite or you're an underdog, you've got to do your job and you've got to do everything that you can to be prepared in the right sort of way.

Speaking at the 2018 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Bjørn said: "I am delighted not only to make this announcement today but also in the knowledge that I will have people of the calibre of Luke, Padraig, Robert, Graeme, Lee alongside me at Le Golf National". There is just no place like it.

"You only need to look at the record books to see that their Ryder Cup pedigree speaks for itself", Bjorn said in announcing his vice-captains. "Europe haven't been beaten on European soil since 1993", said the Northern Irishman.

"There is a lot going on during the week and it's nice to be back again to do it".

Not with players of course - that will come later - but on Tuesday Bjorn announced the four golfer he has added as vice-captains. The experts at Golfbreaks.com can help with all aspects of your Ryder Cup experience, from accommodation and ticket packages to hospitality and travel and playing some of the fantastic nearby courses.

Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn opts for experienced vice-captains