Darren Clarke names Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington as Ryder Cup vice-captains

  • European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has named three vice-captains
  • Clarke has named Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie

European captain Darren Clarke has named Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup.

Irishman Harrington, 44, who has featured in six Ryder Cups as a player, was also a vice-captain under Paul McGinley when Europe won by 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 at Gleneagles, Scotland two years ago.

It will be the fourth time Bjorn has served as an assistant captain. The 45-year-old Dane played in the biennial team event in 1997, 2002 and 2014.

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke (second right) with vice-captains Paul Lawrie (left), Padraig Harrington (second left) and Thomas Bjorn

Clarke faced the media on day two of the BMW PGA Championship after announcing his vice-captains 

Clarke faced the media on day two of the BMW PGA Championship after announcing his vice-captains 

(Left to right) Lawrie, Harrington, Clarke and Bjorn attend a press conference at Wentworth on Friday

(Left to right) Lawrie, Harrington, Clarke and Bjorn attend a press conference at Wentworth on Friday

Lawrie will act as a deputy for the first time. The 47-year-old Scot was a member of the losing European team in 1999 and the winning side in 2012.

US skipper Davis Love III is also planning to use five deputies at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Love has already announced that Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk will be in his backroom team.