Clarke names three vice-captains

European captain Darren Clarke has selected Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Irishman Harrington was vice-captain under Paul McGinley when Europe won at Gleneagles two years ago. It will be the fourth time Dane Bjorn, 45, has held the role but it is the first time for Scotsman Lawrie, 47.

Speaking at the PGA Championship, Clarke said he plans to appoint two more vice-captains later in the year. The captain commented: “The three bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and their input will be invaluable to Europe’s cause. I could not have asked for anybody better to be standing shoulder to shoulder with me in the bid to bring the Ryder Cup home.”

Europe will defend the cup against the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota, from 30 September to 2 October. The remaining two Vice Captains, who will complete Captain Clarke’s backroom team, will be named at a later date.