Thomas Bjorn Named Europe's Ryder Cup Captain For 2018

Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Team Europe's captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup as preparations for the next clash with USA step up a notch. The wounds from Europe's 17-11 mauling at the hands of the Americans at Hazeltine are still raw and Bjorn has been charged with the task of leading the Europeans into battle at Le Golf National in Paris...

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Bjorn has a strong connection with the Ryder Cup having been a vice-captain for each of the past four editions and he also represented Europe three times as a player. The 45-year-old is renowned for his calm demeanour which should stand him in good stead and the Dane will hope to learn from the mistakes of Darren Clarke, who made some curious selection decisions during the course of Europe's defeat at Hazeltine.

It was only the third time in eleven renewals of the Ryder Cup that Europe had lost and they are 11/10 (Boylesports) to get back to winning ways with Bjorn in charge in 2018.

Bjorn was named captain on Tuesday after Padraig Harrington pulled out of the race for the captaincy, citing his desire to take part in a playing capacity in just under two years time instead.
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Who Will Be USA Captain?

When the USA visit Paris in 2018, they will be bidding to win the Ryder Cup on European soil for the first time since their success at The Belfry in 1993 and they are currently 6/5 to do just that (Sky Bet).

The Americans are yet to name their captain after Davis Love III guided them to glory at Hazeltine and he is 7/1 to be in charge for the next edition.

It is Jim Furyk who is an 8/13 favourite (SkyBet.com) for the role at this stage though, while Fred Couples can be backed at 4/1, Steve Stricker at 5/1 and the unlikely Tiger Woods is a 12/1 shot.
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Posted: Tuesday, 6th December 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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