Europe’s Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley picked Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his vice captains for the biennial clash with the United States in Scotland later this year.
Scot Torrance, 60, led the European team to victory at The Belfry in 2002, 17 years after he holed the winning putt at the same venue.
McGinley often plays golf against Torrance at Sunningdale and has made no secret of his admiration for the Scot’s handling of the captaincy after the 12-month postponement caused by the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Irishman Smyth, 61, featured in the Ryder Cup as a player in 1979 and 1981 and was Ian Woosnam’s assistant in the 2006 competition at the K Club.
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“I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice captains for the Ryder Cup,” said McGinley at a press conference in Dublin.
“As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September.”
US skipper Tom Watson has already appointed four-times major winner Ray Floyd and double U.S. Open champion Andy North as his vice captains.
Gleneagles will be the venue when holders Europe take on the US from 26-28 September.
The Americans have not won the trophy in Europe since 1993, when Watson was captain for the first time.