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McDowell to be a vice-captain for the European Ryder Cup team

Graeme McDowell will assist European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington for this year's matches against the USA in Wisconsin. 

McDowell played on the team on four occasions and famously clinched the winning point at Celtic Manor in 2010.

The Ulsterman was a vice-captain in 2018.

German Martin Kaymer, who sunk the winning putt in 2012's 'Miracle of Medinah', will also be a vice-captain, joining McDowell, Luke Donald, and Robert Karlsson in Harrington's backroom team.

Europe will defend the Cup at Whistling Straits between September 24th and 26th.

McDowell is delighted to be able to help retain the trophy.

“Being Vice-Captain of the European Team at the Ryder Cup is a great honour. If you can’t play on the team, being part of the support network and the Vice Captaincy is the next best thing, and I was very proud to do it in 2018. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a different perspective on the Ryder Cup, but I certainly really enjoyed it. I knew Pádraig wanted me as part of the staff and it’s a huge honour. Pádraig is one of my heroes and such an iconic figure in Irish golf. To have him captaining a Ryder Cup team is fantastic for Europe.

“One of our big roles is to help Pádraig delegate responsibility. He’s a very intelligent guy, he’s got a lot of information in that head. From a Vice Captain’s point of view, helping get that out of his head and communicate it to the players, to me, is one of the roles that is extremely important to us. In 2018, some of the biggest things I learned were how to handle players, how to communicate with players, which players require a lot of communication, and which players you just wind them up and let them go.”

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