Thomas Bjorn appointed Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2018

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Europe's Peter Hanson, left, and assistant captain Thomas Bjorn hold the trophy after Europe won the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Bjorn is the first Scandinavian to be appointed captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team. The 45-year-old Dane will lead the team against the United States in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris after being chosen by a five-man panel, including Europes past three captains. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
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LONDON (AP) Thomas Bjorn is the first Scandinavian to be appointed captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The 45-year-old Dane will lead the team against the United States in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris after being chosen by a five-man panel, including Europe's past three captains.

Bjorn says ''I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years. I'm very much looking forward to taking on this task.''

A 15-time European Tour winner, Bjorn has played in three Ryder Cups and been a vice captain in four matches. That includes this year's 17-11 loss to the United States at Hazeltine.