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.