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Bjorn names Westwood, Harrington, McDowell and Donald as Ryder Cup vice-captains

Bjorn names Westwood, Harrington, McDowell and Donald as Ryder Cup vice-captains

Bjorn, who had already selected Sweden's Robert Karlsson as a vice-captain, says that his five assistants will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team due to their "Ryder Cup pedigree".

They join Robert Karlsson, who was previously named as a vice-captain by Bjorn.

McDowell, 38, who has fallen to 239th in the world but is a two-time victor at the Ryder Cup venue, added: 'I'm looking forward to a summer of helping out Thomas but also believing this move will help my golf, since it'll take the expectation level off my shoulders'.

BC-GLF-Ryder Cup-Europe, 134Bjorn adds 4 assistants with wealth of Ryder Cup experienceEds: APNewsNow. "Each of them has played both home and away so they are well versed in the contest and know how to handle the special and unique atmosphere". "Myself and Thomas have known each other many years, since the mid '90s, we're friends, and you know, anything I can do to have a bit of input and help, I will gladly do, and it will be nice to see him take on his role as captain and support him as much as I can".

"I am delighted to have been asked to be part of Thomas' team of Vice Captains", he said. "They have forthright opinions which is vital under the spotlight of a Ryder Cup week and is something which can only help our cause as we try and regain the trophy".

"They all possess strong personalities but each of them will also bring something different to the team, giving us great balance".

Thomas Bjorn adds Westwood, McDowell, Harrington and Donald as Ryder Cup vice-captains

For Harrington, it's a role he's held before and he hopes that experience will count come September.

Team USA captain Jim Furyk has already named Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Davis Love III as his vice-captains and two more will soon be announced.

McDowell has won two French Open titles at Le Golf National and he said: "I know that I can contribute a huge amount to the team this year given my experience at the venue and appearances in past Ryder Cups".

'Playing in a Ryder Cup is very special.

Bjorn said the primary quality of any vice-captain is to 'check your ego at the locker room door, ' and both certainly did a good job of that when officially unveiled on Tuesday, given they're two of the youngest deputies in Ryder Cup history.

Bjorn also shrugged off the status of Jim Furyk's U.S. team as odds-on favourites to retain the trophy in Paris which they won rather comfortably at Hazeltine two years ago.

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