Pitting Europe against the US, the biennial Ryder Cup is one of golf’s most intense and anticipated events. And in 2018, Europe will be captained by Thomas Bjørn.
The 45-year-old Dane, who has already been a vice-captain four times, will take over from Darren Clarke, who captained Europe in a close defeat to the US this year.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. This is one of the greatest days in my career,” said Bjørn.
“I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice-captain and always wondered what the feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players. Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me. I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this task.”
Good luck charm
Aside from being a vice-captain, Bjørn has fond memories as a player. He took part three times – in 1997, 2002 and 2014 – beating the Americans on all three occasions.
With 15 European Tour titles under his belt, Bjørn is Denmark’s best ever golfer – although his last triumph was three years ago.