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Five vice-captains in Europe's Ryder Cup team

PAUL McGinley has named three more Ryder Cup vice-captains: Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal.

EUROPE will be taking five vice-captains to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, with Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal added to the list of Paul McGinley's assistants.

McGinley had named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice-captains in March.

"I know it's been common in the past to have three or four vice-captains but I've gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the home team," McGinley said in a European Tour statement on Wednesday.

There were five vice-captains under Colin Montgomerie at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, which the European team won to regain the trophy.

Olazabal was captain of the European team that came from 10-6 down on the final day to beat the United States in Medinah in 2012, and played in the competition on seven occasions.

It will be the Spaniard's third Ryder Cup as a vice-captain.

Jimenez also has been vice-captain twice before, in 1997 and 2012.

Harrington has played in six Ryder Cups but has never been a vice-captain.

"They will all bring valuable insight and experience to the players and the team room," said McGinley, who completed his playing line-up on Tuesday by selecting Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his captain's picks.

The Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland, is from September 26-28.

Europe is seeking an eighth win in 10 competitions.


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