Robert Karlsson has been appointed vice-captain of the European Ryder Cup team
The 47-year-old, who made his Cup debut as a player in the victorious 2006 team and took part again in 2008, is captain Thomas Bjorn’s first appointment.
“To get the call from Thomas was very special and I’m looking forward to being part of the team again,” Karlsson said.
“It’s a great honour and I’m very much looking forward to the next 16 months.
“I’ve played in two Ryder Cups so I have experience of what the players will face and also have a lot of experience from the European Tour.”
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To get the call from Thomas was very special and I’m looking forward to being part of the team again
Known for his analytical approach, Karlsson has 11 victories from more than 560 tournaments on the Tour and has finished in the top 10 in all four Majors.
Describing Karlsson as one of his closest friends, Bjorn said the Swede was well-respected by both veterans and the younger players.
“Robert will be a vital foil for me in all aspects of our preparation, including statistical analysis on players, and I know he will give me his honest opinion on everything,” Bjorn said.
Following three straight European victories, the United States won the most recent Ryder Cup on home soil in 2016.
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The next event will take place at Le Golf National in Paris in September next year.