Bjorn named as first 2023 Ryder Cup vice-captain
It really comes as no surprise that Thomas Bjorn has been named European captain Henrik Stenson’s as one of his vice-captains for the next Ryder Cup in Italy.
The 51-year-old Bjorn was announced by his fellow Scandinavian as Europe seek to regain the trophy from Zach Johnson’s USA lead team later next year in Rome.
Thomas Bjron (Credit: Ryder Cup)
It will be Bjorn’s fifth stint as a vice-captain, while he was also captain when Europe humbled the Jim Furyk-led USA side at the Le National on the outskirts of Versailles 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 to him asking me if I wanted to do another stint as vice captain, which I agreed to.”
Others expected to be chosen by Stenson to act as vice-captains, if they do not qualify automatically, will be Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and fellow Swede Robert Karlsson.