Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell join the previously announced Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson as deputy captains of the Europe team at the 2020 Ryder Cup in Wisconsin scheduled for September 24-26 at the Whistling Straits Golf Course. “I am delighted to welcome them to the group as vice captains. Both have written important pages of the Ryder Cup and I am sure they will bring their experience, knowledge and balance to the team.” So Padraig Harrington, captain of the Old Continent, wanted to welcome Kaymer and McDowell.
Ryder Cup, deputy captains
The German Kaymer boasts three victories in the Ryder Cup and was among the protagonists of the 2012 challenge, that of the “miracle of Medinah”, pocketing a putt that pushed Europe to a historic success. For the Northern Irishman, McDowell will be the second time as vice captain after having already collaborated in 2018 alongside the Dane Thomas Bjorn in the European triumph at the Ryder Cup in Paris.
The field for this year’s Olympic men’s golf competition has been announced, with newly crowned U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm among the players set to tee up at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan from July 29 – August 1.
Rahm, who is making his first appearance in the Olympics, is one of several Major champions competing in Japan, joining Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Francesco Molinari, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa.
Morikawa, who captured the 2020 PGA Championship, is one of four players competing from the United States, the most of any nation at this year’s games.
“I’m so excited. It’s going to be one of the best things of my life,” said Morikawa after tying for fourth in the U.S. Open on Sunday.
“To think back that I was an amateur two years ago, literally two years ago, and to be on this team and to be heading to Tokyo puts a smile on my face.”
The 60-man field also features a number of further European Tour winners, including Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (Australia), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), Ashun Wu (China), Rasmus Hojgaard and Joachim B. Hansen (Denmark), Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood (England), Sami Valimaki (Finland), Victor Perez and Antoine Rozner (France), Guido Migliozzi (Italy), Ryan Fox (New Zealand), Garrick Higgo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa) and Alex Noren (Sweden).
And one thing that will be guaranteed is a new set of medal winners, as neither 2016 Gold Medal winner Justin Rose, Silver Medallist Henrik Stenson or Bronze Medallist Matt Kuchar made it into the field for this year’s competition.
The replacement list was also determined and has already been utilised after several players have withdrawn: Among the changes, Tommy Fleetwood has replaced Tyrrell Hatton, Christiaan Bezuidenhout has replaced Louis Oosthuizen, and Hurly Long replaced Martin Kaymer.