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Thomas Bjorn to captain Europe at 2018 Ryder Cup

Thomas Bjorn has been announced as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the next contest in France in 2018.

Bjorn seems like a great shout for captain, having flown the flag of Denmark around the world for many years. His multitude of tournaments gives him an edge when it comes to understanding how to motivate players and stay cool under pressure.

He also holds the record of becoming the first Danish player to ever play in a Ryder Cup event; and in 2018, he will become the first Danish captain the event has ever seen.

Bjorn will be tasked with regaining the trophy following this year's heavy defeat at Hazeltine National Golf Club. His three appearances as a player all resulted in victories in 1997, 2002 and 2014.

Bjorn got the nod to lead the team at Le Golf National in a unanimous decision following a meeting comprised of former captains Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and tournament committee member Henrik Stenson.

Speaking after the appointment, Bjorn made no effort to downplay just how much this position meant to him.

"It's a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris,” he said.

“This is one of the greatest days in my career.

"I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice-captain and always wondered what that 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."

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