Jose Maria Olazabel names majority of 'Backroom Team'
By mustang6560 on 8/16/12
Earlier today, European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal named three of his four vice captains - Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, and Paul McGinley.
"For me to have these guys – all such great friends – by my side is fantastic. I know like me they will now be counting down the days to to Medinah with one aim – to return home with the Cup.

"Thomas, Darren and Paul share a special spirit and love for the game and they have the respect and admiration of everyone in golf. Their passion, commitment and desire to win will encourage everyone in the team room and for me it is so important to have guys you know, guys you trust, guys familiar with this contest because The Ryder Cup is unique.
Thomas, Darren and Paul were all vice captains in 2010 under Colin Montgomerie, so it's definitely not a shock that Jose recruited them to help Europe defend its Ryder Cup title at Medinah Country Club.

We still have to wait a little more than a week before the automatic 10 qualifiers for the European Team are officially set. Following the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, the top five players in the European Ryder Cup Points List and the top five players in the World Ryder Cup Points List will automatically be selected, which will leave two captain's picks for Jose and his vice captains.

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[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
I'd like to be a vice captain, oh wait, I already am.
bkuehn1952 says:
@m3d: I suspect you and Darren Clarke would work well together as vice captains!
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