Olazabal will appoint four Ryder Cup vice captains


European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will appoint double the number of vice captains he reportedly desired to have at Medinah this fall. Olazabal will have four vice captains in Chicago in September – an increase from the two he reportedly wanted.

'I am surprised to learn that there have been media reports suggesting that we will have only two vice captains,' Olazabal said. 'I don't know where they could have come from, or whether there has been some misunderstanding, but I want to make it clear that I will be selecting four vice captains.'

The Spaniard stressed an agreement with American captain Davis Love III over the number of assistant captains for each side. Two weeks ago at the Madeira Islands Open, Olazabal was quoted by the Associated Press as saying having more than two vice captains is 'a lot of headaches.'

The two-time Masters winner believes having an assistant with each match in a session is critical.

'It is important to have each match watched,' he said, stressing the immediacy required in making teams for the afternoon sessions in the first two days of the matches. 'It is absolutely essential to have all the information you can get before you put those pairings down on paper to be handed in.'