European Team Captain

Thomas Bjørn has been named as the European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup. The 45 year old was the first Danish player to represent Europe against the United States when he made his debut under Seve Ballesteros in 1997.

Thomas Bjørn

The 45 year old was the first Danish player to represent Europe against the United States when he made his debut under Seve Ballesteros in 1997, the year the biennial contest was first played in continental Europe at Valderrama, in Spain. Twenty-one years later, he will become the first Dane, and the first Scandinavian, to lead Europe when The Ryder Cup returns to mainland Europe for the second time at Le Golf.

It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. 

Bjørn will bring a wealth of experience to the role of captain, having featured on three victorious European Ryder Cup teams as a player, with successful appearances at The Belfry in 2002 and the win at Gleneagles in 2014 following his 1997 debut. He has also served as a vice captain on four occasions - under Bernhard Langer in 2004, Colin Montgomerie in 2010, José María Olazábal in 2012 and Darren Clarke at Hazeltine National earlier this year – while he has also made a hugely significant contribution to the development of the European Tour as Chairman of the Tournament Committee since 2007, a role he will now relinquish following his appointment as captain.

The 15-time European Tour winner, who was twice a runner-up in The Open Championship, also knows the 2018 host venue particularly well, having played in the Open de France a total of 14 times at Le Golf National, with his best finish a share of third place in 2007.

Turned professional
1993
Professional wins
21
Major wins
0

USA Team Captain

A West Chester, Pennsylvania native, Furyk was a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup efforts in 1999, 2008 and ‘16, the latter as a Vice Captain. A 17-time winner on the PGA Tour, Furyk also played in seven Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as a Captain’s Assistant in 2015.

Jim Furyk

The 46-year-old has played in nine consecutive Ryder Cups (1997, ’99, 2002, ‘04, ‘06, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14), which is the second-most appearances in U.S. Ryder Cup history. Only Phil Mickelson, with 11, played in more among Americans.

I’ve said many times that the Ryder Cup is part of my DNA, so this opportunity was a privilege and honor to accept.

A West Chester, Pennsylvania native, Furyk was a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup efforts in 1999, 2008 and ‘16, the latter as a Vice Captain. A 17-time winner on the PGA Tour, Furyk also played in seven Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as a Captain’s Assistant in 2015. “I would like to thank Davis (Love III) and the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their faith in me and my selection as United States Ryder Cup Captain,” said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion. “I’ve said many times that the Ryder Cup is part of my DNA, so this opportunity was a privilege and honor to accept. This is a special moment for my family.” Furyk’s first act as Ryder Cup Captain was to name Love as the first of his Vice Captains. Love served two U.S. captaincies (2012, ’16) and played in six Ryder Cups.

Turned professional
1992
Professional wins
26
Major wins
1