Europe name Bjorn as captain for 2018 Ryder Cup in France

(Photo by Getty Images / Andrew Redington)

(Photo by Getty Images / Andrew Redington)

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn has revealed his delight after it was confirmed he will captain Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.

Spanish duo Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, as well as Germany’s Bernhard Langer, are the only men to be named as Europe captain to come from outside the British Isles, but Bjorn will become the fourth in 2018.

The 45-year-old, who has been selected head of fellow contender Paul Lawrie, has been a vice-captain on four previous occasions and will be the main man when the US look to defend their title in France.

Bjorn is looking forward to the challenge ahead of him and feels honoured to have been given the role.

He said: “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 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.”

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