EUROPE RYDER CUP CAPTAINCY TO GO TO THOMAS BJORN

The next few days will see Thomas Bjorn named the captain of the Europe Ryder Cup team, and handed the task of reclaiming the Ryder Cup from the US in 2018 at Paris.


It is understood that the Dane has been said to be the unanimous choice among the five-man selection committee. This is despite the merits the other candidates such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul Lawrie possess.

It became probable that Bjorn would get the nod when Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood signified their intention to enter the Le Golf National both as players.

Bjorn has won 21 times all across the world and has appeared on three times, while acting as an assistant on four different occasions, including at Hazeltine where he assisted Darren Clarke in September. That was the only time he ever got in a defeat.

The 45-year old is a highly respected character on the European Tour and has served in the last nine years as the chairman of the Tournament Players Committee. This puts him in the forefront to know most of the players, both the young players coming through, as well as the veterans.

He will be the fourth Europe captain not from Great Britain and Ireland since the expansion of the Ryder Cup in 1979. In 1997 and 2004 respectively, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer had been at the helm of affairs.

However, 12 years on, only Jose Maria Olazabal has been a continental captain.

Jim Furyk might just certainly be Bjorn’s opposite number having severed in Minnesota as Davis Love’s assistant. He has also said that he wouldn’t hesitate to take up the role if offered him.

In the most recent Ryder’s Cup just in October this year, Europe had lost to America and they would be counting on Bjorn to bring back the title.