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Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell appointed Ryder Cup vice-captains

Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell appointed Ryder Cup vice-captains
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Graeme McDowell was also a vice-captain under Thomas Bjorn for Europe's victory at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.

European captain Padraig Harrington has appointed Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell as vice-captains for September's Ryder Cup.

Kaymer and McDowell join Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson in Harrington's backroom staff for the contest against the United States at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

McDowell was also a vice-captain under Thomas Bjorn for Europe's victory at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018, while Kaymer will take on the role for the first time after four appearances as a player.

Harrington said: "I'm delighted to welcome Martin and Graeme as vice-captains, both of whom I believe will bring experience, knowledge, and a great balance to the team room.

"They have both contributed winning points in Ryder Cup history, have been there and done it, and the other players look up to them. They both have that aura and responsibility in that what they say will have meaning.

"Martin will also bring a nice emotion to the team, which is very important. He's somebody who will help with the atmosphere, put an arm around a player or two and bring that level of authority and belief that we may need during the week.

Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer with the Ryder Cup after Europe's victory at Gleneagles in 2014 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

"I decided on Graeme as a vice-captain a long time ago. He was vice-captain in 2018 with me and I liked what he brought to the team room. He's quite an authority, confident in what he's doing and saying and knows the scene.

"Graeme is a strong influence and the players look up to him. When he speaks, people listen, but he doesn't speak unless he's got something to say. I definitely saw that when he was vice-captain previously – players pay attention and follow him."

Kaymer secured the point which completed the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012 and also won the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010.

"When Padraig approached me I felt very honoured immediately," the 36-year-old said. "It means a lot to us Europeans, especially for me as a German making the winning putt in 2012. The Ryder Cup means a lot.

Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell (centre) and Martin Kaymer (right) have been named as vice-captains for the 2021 Ryder Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)

"Obviously before Padraig approached me I was trying to make the team as a player and I still do want to do that, but you feel honoured and it tells you a lot about what the captain and the whole team behind him think about you and how they value you. It was a really nice moment."

McDowell, who claimed the winning point at Celtic Manor in 2010, added: "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.

Graeme McDowell
Europe's Graeme McDowell celebrates on the 16th hole after going 2up during his singles match in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor (David Davies/PA)

"One of our big roles is to help Padraig 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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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
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· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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