Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn will captain Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.
The 45-year-old will be only the fourth man from outside the British Isles to lead the team, after Spanish duo Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, and Germany’s Bernhard Langer.
Bjorn, who has been vice-captain four times, was chosen ahead of 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie.
As a player, he was a Ryder Cup winner in 1997, 2002 and 2014, and has won 15 European tour titles.
“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,” said Bjorn.
“I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice-captain and always wondered what that feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players.
“Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me.”
Bjorn succeeds Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke as Europe’s non-playing captain.
USA won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 with a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in October.
Masters champion Danny Willett, part of the beaten Europe team, told BBC Radio 5 live: “Thomas is a well-respected man in our game and on the European Tour.
“From what I saw from him as vice-captain, he will make a fantastic captain.”
The 2018 Ryder Cup will take place at the Paris National from 28-30 September.
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