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Bjorn accepts Ryder Cup vice-captain role

Thomas Bjorn will be one of European captain Henrik Stenson’s assistants at next year’s Ryder Cup in Italy.

Bjorn on Wednesday became the first vice-captain announced by the European team, which will look to regain the trophy from the Americans in Rome.

It will be the Dane’s fifth stint as a vice-captain, while he was also captain when Europe beat the United States in France in 2018.

“I trust him implicitly,” Stenson said of Bjorn, “and I know any advice he will give me will be honest and direct.

“He will not simply tell me what he thinks I want to hear and that will be important.”

Bjorn said he presumed his days in a leadership role at Ryder Cups were over after 2018.

“But Henrik called me to talk about captaincy in general,” Bjorn said, “and that led into him asking me if I wanted to do another stint as vice captain, which I agreed to.”

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