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Olazabal names Ryder cup vice-captains

other Updated: Aug 16, 2012 23:06 IST

European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal announced three of his four vice captains on Thursday, picking Irishmen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark for the match against the United States.

The 46-year-old Olazabal, who played in seven Ryder Cup matches, was a vice captain alongside his three picks for the 2010 event at Celtic Manor, which Europe won 14 1/2 - 13 1/2.

"I could not be more delighted than to have Thomas, Darren and Paul as vice captains," Olazabal said.

"All three are world class golfers with tremendous experience of playing in The Ryder Cup."

Clarke played a key part in Europe's victory in 2006, inspiring the team by taking all three points available to him despite losing his wife to cancer a month earlier.

"We'll be seeking to use our experience to re-create that terrific team spirit and bonding that has made the European team room such a special place to be for so many years," said Clarke, the 2011 British Open winner who has made five Ryder Cup appearances in total.