Ryder Cup: Harrington chooses Kaymer and McDowell as deputy captains

Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington has named Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell as Vice Captains of this year’s Ryder Cup.

The duo join Luke Donald and Robert Carlson as part of Harrington’s leadership team for the biennial event, which will take place September 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

German Kaymer, a two-time main champ who won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010, was named vice captain for the first time.

McDowell of Northern Ireland served as deputy captain in Europe’s victory over the United States at Le Golf National in France in 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome Martin and Graeme as deputy captains, both of whom I believe will bring great experience, knowledge and balance into the team room,” said Harrington.

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“They both have contributed points in Ryder Cup history, they’ve been there and done it, and the other players look up to them. They both have that aura and the responsibility that what they say will make sense.”

Kaymer and McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, both played four Ryder Cups.

Kaymer, who was with the three-time winning team, plunged into the knockout that sealed Europe’s stunning comeback in 2012, in what is known as the “Miracle of the City”.

Harrington added: “Martin … has a great personality and brings calm, European element and a lot of confidence with him. The fact that he’s winning around Whistling Straits also brings that level of authority and reassurance you need.”

“I decided to appoint Graeme as deputy captain a long time ago. He was the deputy captain in 2018 with me and I loved what he brought into the team room.

“He has a lot of authority, is confident in what he does and says and knows the scene. The only reason he’s not a vice captain is that he’s going to be a player.”

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