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Europe announces team for Junior Ryder Cup

The European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA from September 24 – 25, has been finalised. The team, comprising two under-16 boys, two under-16 girls, four under-18 boys and four under-18 girls, will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ - 10½ defeat at The Gleneagles Hotel in 2010.

The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before The Ryder Cup.

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José María Olazábal picks Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter for European Ryder Cup Team

José María Olazábal has named Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter as his two wild cards to complete the 12-man European Team who will seek to retain The Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club next month. The inclusion of Colsaerts and Poulter means that Europe will have just one rookie in the team for only the third time since 1979 when they travel to Chicago for the biennial match against the United States from September 28-30.

That rookie is Colsaerts, who will make history as the first Belgian to compete in The Ryder Cup. The 29 year old won the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May, defeating Graeme McDowell in the final, and collected a further nine top nine finishes through the qualifying campaign.

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Martin Kaymer completes ten qualifiers for 2012 European Ryder Cup Team

Martin Kaymer was today confirmed as the last of the ten automatic qualifiers for The 2012 European Ryder Cup team who will travel to Medinah Country Club, Chicago, seeking to retain The Ryder Cup from September 28-30.

After visiting 23 countries through 48 events, the year-long Ryder Cup qualification race drew to a close at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and all ten players – five from the European Points List and five from the World Points List – will head to the United States with previous Ryder Cup experience.

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José María Olazábal names Miguel Angel Jiménez as fourth Ryder Cup Vice Captain

European Captain José María Olazábal has named Miguel Angel Jiménez as his fourth Vice Captain for The 2012 Ryder Cup match against the United States at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, from September 28-30. Jiménez will join Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley in an accomplished and knowledgeable 'Backroom Team' – the four Vice Captains have between them played in 14 Ryder Cups with no fewer than 11 wins to their credit.

Olazábal, who played in seven Ryder Cup matches between 1987 and 2006 and was a Vice Captain in 2008 and 2010, said: "Miguel's announcement means that I now have four world class golfers as my Vice Captains – all with tremendous experience of playing in The Ryder Cup which is absolutely invaluable.

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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.

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