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Ryder Cup captains to have four vice captains each

The two skippers in next year’s Ryder Cup match, Corey Pavin of the U.S. and Europe’s Colin Montgomerie, will opt for four vice-captains, they told a news conference on Wednesday.

Last year, when the U.S. broke Europe’s Cup stranglehold by winning at Valhalla, Kentucky, the American captain Paul Azinger selected three vice-captains. Pavin will use an extra assistant.

“I’ll have four people coming over with me. I don’t know who they are yet, I’ll make that decision sometime next year,” the U.S. captain said on the eve of the Wales Open.

The event will give him first-hand experience of next year’s hosting Cup course, the ‘Twenty Ten’ at Celtic Manor.

While Europe’s losing 2008 captain Nick Faldo used only one vice-captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, Montgomerie will rely on a quartet of assistants.

“I will be having four as well,” Montgomerie told reporters. “I believe it is very important to work together as a group to feed off information that is coming from the course, the locker room and from other sources.

Montgomerie already has his eye on two particular assistants. “I had a big say in the selection of the Seve Trophy captains, Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley, and there’s potential there for them to take up a vice-captaincy, ” he added.

While Pavin is vowing to show “more patriotic feeling” even than he did during America’s 1991 win at Kiawah Island, dubbed the ‘War on the Shore’, he will not go as far as he did 18 years ago and wear a ‘Desert Storm’ cap.

Pavin believes he was wrongly reviled by Europe’s media for his actions which came at the time of Operation Desert Storm, the U.S. name for the air and land operations in the Iraq War.

“The hat was misconstrued over here. It was just a show of support for our troops in Iraq,” he said.


June 4, 2009

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