Thomas Bjorn has been named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 event, which will be played in France.
The Dane has acted as a vice-captain on four previous occasions and also played in the biennial tournament in 1997, 2002 and 2014.
Bjorn was chosen ahead of 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie and in doing so becomes only the fourth man to lead the team born outside of the British Isles, after Spaniard’s Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, and Germany’s Bernhard Langer.
The 42nd edition of the event is due to take place at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris between September 28th and 30th 2018 and will see Europe aiming to win the trophy back from the USA following their defeat earlier this year at Hazeltine.
Bjorn has been a member of the European Tour since 1996, winning 15 tournaments during that time.
He has already been tipped to be a “fantastic captain” by reigning Masters champion Danny Willett and the 45-year-old is confident he will be able to use all of his experience to lead Team Europe to victory in 2018.
“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,” said Bjorn.
“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.”