Paul McGinley Announces His Ryder Cup Vice Captains

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced his vice captains Thursday for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland. Former Ryder Cup stalwart Sam Torrence and Irish golf legend Des Smyth will  join McGinley in leading the European squad this fall.

Torrence appeared in the Ryder Cup eight consecutive times between 1981 and 1995. He also captained the victorious European team in 2002 at the Belfry and famously buried a 22-foot putt to end the Americans’ hopes for victory in the 1985 matches, also at the Belfry in England.

Smyth played for the European squad in 1979 and 1981, and collected eight victories on the European Tour from 1979 to 2001. Smyth was also a vice captain in 2006 under Ian Woosnam.

“I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice captains for the Ryder Cup,” McGinley said during the press conference. “As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September.”

The 2014 Ryder Cup matches run Sept. 23-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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