Ryder Cup: Jose Maria Olazabal to name four vice-captains

Jose Maria Olazabal
Jose Maria Olazabal

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has confirmed he will appoint four vice-captains for this year's event at Medinah in Illinois.

Olazabal has agreed the move with United States captain Davis Love.

The Spaniard, who competed seven times as a player for Europe, was one of two vice-captains at the last two Ryder Cups, but says more support is needed.

"We agreed with Davis that two isn't enough. Four was always in my mind," Olazabal told BBC Radio 5 live.

"You need as much help and as much information as you can. I've always made it clear that after my experience as vice-captain in Valhalla and Celtic Manor you need as much help as you can.

"Being a captain you have to attend the media, go to the press centre, make your pairings on Friday and Saturday before midday and there will be players playing in the morning."

Two-times US Masters champion Olazabal was part of the European team that won the Ryder Cup in 1987, 1997 and 2006, and also played in 1989 when Europe tied the competition to retain the trophy.