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McGinley to name Torrance, Smyth as Ryder assistants

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European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is expected to name Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains on Thursday, according to multiple published reports.

McGinley will host a news conference at 6:30 a.m. ET Thursday in Dublin.

Torrance was the captain when the Europeans won the Ryder Cup in 2002, while Smyth, an Irishman, was a two-time Ryder Cup player and also an assistant under Ian Woosnam at the 2006 Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already named two assistants in Raymond Floyd and Andy North.