Ryder Cup: Thomas Bjorn completes his selection of vice-captains

Thomas Bjorn adds Westwood, McDowell, Harrington and Donald as Ryder Cup vice-captains

"There is no place in the world like a European team room", he said before the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which starts tomorrow.

McDowell - who sank the winning putt at Celtic Manor in 2010 - said: "It's my first time being involved in the back-room staff for the Ryder Cup".

And he added: "In my time, no-one epitomises the Ryder Cup like Lee Westwood". "We know the U.S. team are very strong and they hold the major championships but winning a major individually is very different from playing in Ryder Cup", said the former world No 1. "Myself and Thomas have known each other many years, since the mid '90s, we're friends, and you know, anything I can do to have a bit of input and help, I will gladly do, and it will be nice to see him take on his role as captain and support him as much as I can". "We know they have a very strong team. They have forthright opinions which is vital under the spotlight of a Ryder Cup week and is something which can only help our cause as we try and regain the trophy".

However, the appointments of Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell were a surprise, if only because they are only 40 and 38 respectively. But to be involved with it is very special as well'. "We are going to have a special team".

Harrington, who has appeared in six Ryder Cup matches, also served as a vice-captain to Paul McGinley in 2014 and Darren Clarke in 2016, while Westwood has played in the past 10 Ryder Cups since making his debut in 1997.

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"So it's really fun when Thomas approached me and asked me to be a part of this, and I look forward to using some of my experience and helping in anyway we can in getting that cup back on European soil". Memories and relationships that are forged on and off the course those weeks last a lifetime.

McDowell has won two French Open titles at Le Golf National and he said: "I know that I can contribute a huge amount to the team this year given my experience at the venue and appearances in past Ryder Cups".

The best golfers from Europe and the United States will descend on Le Golf National in France to determine who will win the sport's premier team competition.

And although the Edinburgh-based 45-year-old and his fellow vice-captains could still qualify to face the United States at Le Golf National in Paris from 28-30 September, Westwood (117th) is the only one of the five now ranked inside the world's top 200.

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