Thomas Bjorn will become the first Scandinavian to coach the European Ryder Cup team, with the announcement that he will skipper the 2018 squad coming early Tuesday.
Bjorn is no stranger to the tournament as a coach, serving as vice-captain in each of the last four matches – with Europe boasting a 3-1 record in that time frame.
The Europeans lost the Cup to the US team 17-11 in Minnesota last autumn.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris,” Bjorn told the official Ryder Cup website. “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.”
Bjorn was the top pick of a five-man committee that included the last three captains Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, and Jose Maria Olazabal; along with Euro Tour CEO Keith Pelley and player Henrik Stenson.
A native of Denmark, he was that country’s first Ryder Cup member. He was the 1996 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and owns 21 professional wins, 15 of those on the European Tour. He finished runner-up at three Majors, including the 2003 Open Championship where he blew a two-shot lead with three holes to play.