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Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell Named as Ryder Cup Vice-Captains

By: | Wed 23 Jun 2021

IN A sure and certain sign that the baton in European golf is being passed on to a new generation, Padraig Harrington has named two men who holed winning Ryder Cup putts as vice-captains for the encounter against the USA in September. 

Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell will join Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson. The pair form the latest part of Harrington's team for the event, which takes place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 24-26.

Kaymer has done his best to recapture the form that took him to two majors and to the top of the world rankings - and will still hope that he can make the team. But the fact that he has accepted Harrington’s invitation is an admission that he has probably accepted he will not make the team as a player.

McDowell will undertake his second spell as vice-captain, with Kaymer taking on the role for the first time after four appearances as a player (2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016), during which time he won an individual total of 6.5 points.

The German has been on the winning side three times, famously holing the putt that sealed one of the most famous comebacks in sport, in the 'Miracle of Medinah' in 2012, and he will return to the scene of his major breakthrough, having tamed Whistling Straits to secure the 2010 US PGA Championship.

McDowell joined Harrington as part of the backroom team that helped captain Thomas Bjorn plot the stunning 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States at Le Golf National, France, in 2018.

The Northern Irish major winner has also appeared in the biennial contest on four occasions (2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014), with nine points from 15 matches, most notably including the winning point at Celtic Manor in 2010.

Ryder Cup Vice Captains

Harrington said: "I'm delighted to welcome Martin and Graeme as vice-captains, both of whom I believe will bring experience, knowledge, and a great balance to the team room. They have both contributed winning points in Ryder Cup history, have been there and done it, and the other players look up to them. They both have that aura and responsibility in that what they say will have meaning.

"Martin is somebody I wanted as a vice-captain because he has a great personality and brings a calmness, a European element, and a lot of confidence with him. The fact that he won around Whistling Straits also brings that level of authority and assurance that you need. Martin will also bring a nice emotion to the team, which is very important. He's somebody who will help with the atmosphere, put an arm around a player or two and bring that level of authority and belief that we may need during the week.

"I decided on Graeme as a vice-captain a long time ago. He was vice-captain in 2018 with me and I liked what he brought to the team room. He's quite an authority, confident in what he's doing and saying and knows the scene. The only reason he would not have been a vice captain was if he was going to be a player. Graeme is a strong influence and the players look up to him. When he speaks, people listen, but he doesn't speak unless he's got something to say. I definitely saw that when he was vice captain previously - players pay attention and follow him."

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