European Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn, has announced that Robert Karlsson will be his first vice captain as Europe aim to regain the Ryder Cup in France in 2018.
Karlsson has previously made two appearances in the Ryder Cup. He was part of Europe's record-breaking team in 2006 at the K Club in Ireland and then two years later at Valhalla. He is also a former European Number one who has won 11 titles in 560 events. The Swede was unveiled as Bjorn made the announcement prior to the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
Speaking about his new appointment Bjorn said: “He has been one of my closest friends on Tour for many years and, not only that, he is immensely respected by all the players, both his peers and the younger guys now emerging. His playing credentials are impressive, having been a former European Number One, and he also knows the unique atmosphere of The Ryder Cup, having represented Europe both home and away."
Bjorn added: “Robert will be a vital foil for me over the next 16 months in all aspects of our preparation, including helping analyse statistical information on players, and I know he will give me his honest opinion on everything I ask. I am delighted to have him as part of the team.”
Robert Karlsson said: “I’ve played in two Ryder Cups so I have the experience of what the players will face and also have a lot of experience on the European Tour. I know the players well and I know Thomas very well too, and I will be there to do whatever he needs me to do.”