Olazabal to use only 2 vice captains in Ryder Cup
European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal plans to cut the
number of vice captains to two for his team’s title defense at the
United States in September.
That move would be in stark contrast to previous captain Colin
Montgomerie, who won at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010 with six
assistants, including vice captains in Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn
and current British Open champion Darren Clarke.
Monty also brought on board Olazabal and the struggling Sergio
Garcia, while Rhys Davies of Wales had an ”ambassador” role.
”I know Davis Love will have four assistants but I am having
just two,” Olazabal said of the U.S. captain. ”It’s a lot of
headaches if you have more than two. Just too many headaches, so
there will be only two vice captains I will be selecting.
”I have spoken with Davis and he said to me he will be picking
his assistants about 60 days from now, about the beginning of July.
But I’m not in any rush, so we’ll just wait and see.”
Paul McGinley looks certain to be one for the event at Medinah
Country Club near Chicago from Sept. 28-30 after Olazabal expressed
happiness at his handling of the past two Seve Trophy-winning
Olazabal has also challenged three-time major winner Padraig
Harrington, who hasn’t won on either side of the Atlantic in more
than three years, to find form ahead of the cut-off point for
Harrington had to rely on Montgomerie selecting him as a ”wild
card” for Celtic Manor.
”The ideal situation for me would be to have all the top
players in the top 12, like Lee (Westwood), Luke (Donald), Rory
(McIlroy), G Mac (Graeme McDowell), Martin Kaymer and Ian
Poulter,” Olazabal said. ”So for players like Harrington the ball
is still in his court. They have to show form.”
Joining Harrington outside the top 30 are former Ryder Cup
players Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Edoardo Molinari, Soren Hansen,
Oliver Wilson and Clarke.