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Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley named European Ryder Cup vice-captains

European Captain José María Olazábal has named Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley as three of his four Vice Captains for The 2012 Ryder Cup match against the United States at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, from September 28-30. Björn, Clarke and McGinley have between them played in ten Ryder Cups, with no fewer than nine wins to their credit, and together represent an accomplished and knowledgeable 'Backroom Team' after working together for The European Team when the Cup was regained at the Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, in 2010.

Olazábal, who played in seven Ryder Cup matches between 1987 and 2006 and was a Vice Captain in 2008 and 2010, said: "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. All three are world class golfers with tremendous experience of playing in The Ryder Cup which is absolutely invaluable.


Paul McGinley shares Ryder Cup ambition

Irishman Paul McGinley, one of the star attractions at this week's U.S. $1 million Thailand Open, has underscored his ambition to captain the European team at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. McGinley, who famously holed the winning putt at the 2002 Ryder Cup, was reacting to reports that 2010 winning captain Colin Montgomerie of Scotland would take the job at Gleneagles if it was offered to him again.

"My thoughts are that everybody is entitled to their opinion and at the end of the day it will be the Players Committee that will make the decision. Obviously a lot of people have mentioned my name and that is nice," he said.


Olazábal confirms he will have 4 vice-captains in Ryder Cup squad

José María Olazábal has confirmed that he will be selecting four Vice Captains for the European Team which will defend The Ryder Cup against the United States, captained by Davis Love III, at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, on September 28-30.

Olazábal said: "I am surprised to learn that there have been media reports suggesting that we will have only two Vice Captains. I don't know where they could have come from, or whether there has been some misunderstanding, but I want to make it clear that I will be selecting four Vice Captains. This is what Davis and I agreed in Chicago at the Year Out meeting last September.


France named host country for 2018 Ryder Cup

France will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018. The historic announcement, which will see golf's greatest team event return to the Continent of Europe for the first time in 21 years, was made by Ryder Cup Europe at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.

Le Golf National on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Alstom Open de France, will become only the second Continental venue – following Club de Golf, Valderrama, in Spain in 1997 - when the 42nd edition of The Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States is contested in the autumn of 2018.


Tournament Committee Announces Change to Ryder Cup Qualification Process

After consultation with European Team Ryder Cup Captain José Maria Olazábal, The European Tour Tournament Committee is pleased to announce a modified qualification procedure for The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, from September 28-30, 2012.

The qualification criteria, beginning at the Omega European Masters at Crans-Sur-Sierre from September 1-4, 2011, and ending at the conclusion of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2012, will now see the leading five players from the European Points List joined by the leading five players from the World Points List as automatic qualifiers to the European Team. This represents a reversal of the two lists with the European Points List counting before the World Points List.


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