Jimenez and Olazabal complete vice-captain list
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[September 03, 2014]
(Reuters) - European Ryder Cup
captain Paul McGinley named Ireland's Padraig Harrington, Spain's Miguel
Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal as his final vice-captains on
The announcement on the event's website (www.rydercup.com)
completes the five-man vice-captaincy team after Irishman Des Smyth
and Scotland’s Sam Torrance were named in March.
"They will all bring valuable insight and experience to the players
and the team room," said McGinley, who leads Europe against the U.S.
at Gleneagles, Scotland, from Sept. 26-28.
“I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice
captains but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is
justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the
Between them the trio have played in 17 Ryder Cups - Olazabal
leading the way with seven appearances between 1987 and 2006,
Harrington with six (1999-2010) and Jimenez with four in the same
All three also currently play on The European Tour and so are well
known to the 12-man European team, which was completed yesterday by
McGinley's wildcard picks - Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian
“Padraig is my oldest friend on Tour and is a guy I have known most
of my life," added McGinley.
"We went to school together, came through the amateur ranks together
and have been together in many contests for both Ireland and Europe
over the years.
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“Miguel is someone the spectators love, as well as being very popular with
all the players. However, he is also a person that I respect very much.
“Finally, Jose Maria's passion for The Ryder Cup is recognized the world
"It was obvious in his legendary partnership with Seve (Ballesteros) and
was also so very apparent two years ago at Medinah, so I’m delighted he
has accepted my invitation to be involved again, once more maintaining
that important continuity.”
Europe won what has become known as the "Miracle at Medinah" in 2012
when the team, led by Olazabal, came back from 10-4 down to defeat the
U.S. by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.
(Reporting by Tony Goodson; editing by Ken Ferris)
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