Bjorn back in the Ryder Cup fold

With all the Saudi updates this one went under the radar a bit this week – Thomas Bjorn is back in the Ryder Cup fold after being named one of Henrik Stenson's vice-captains for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome.

The Dane oversaw Europe's seven-point victory at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018 and played on three winning teams and now Stenson has announced that the 51-year-old will be one of his trusted aides in Italy and is the first to be named.

“I have known Thomas for my whole career. I trust him implicitly and I know any advice he will give me will be honest and direct. He will not simply tell me what he thinks I want to hear and that will be important, so I’m delighted to have him as my first vice captain for Rome," Stenson explained. "I know I am going to have a lot of conversations with him about all elements of the Ryder Cup from his experience, both as a vice captain on previous occasions but also, obviously, as the captain when we had a great result. I will be depending on him a lot. He was very happy when I asked him. He was very honoured to be asked and happy to be part of Team Europe again and part of the journey with the players.”

Bjorn was equally as pleased to be back in the fold as Europe begin the huge task of getting the cup back off an incredibly strong US team. Bjorn has been a vice to Bernhard Langer (2004), Colin Montgomerie (2010), Jose Maria Olazabal (2012) and Darren Clarke (2016) but wasn't part of Padraig Harrington's set-up at Whistling Straits last year.

"I probably thought that after 2018 that was it for me, but Henrik called me to talk about captaincy in general and that led into him asking me if I wanted to do another stint as vice captain. I think I can help Henrik outline what he wants to do with his captaincy going forwards. I can keep asking him the right questions and reminding him of things that are going to come his way that he might not have thought about.

“I think Henrik will be a fantastic captain. He is so well respected by players and by everyone in the game. He is a very hard-working golfer and somebody who is true to himself, and his team will represent that. He has a great sense of humour that the players will take to, and he is very well liked across the whole Tour, not just the top where he has played his golf for so many years.”

Zach Johnson has also named one just one vice so far and he has naturally named Steve Stricker who oversaw the rout at Whistling Straits as an. assistant.