F. Molinari named Europe’s final Ryder vice capt.

F. Molinari named Europe’s final Ryder vice capt.

Team Europe captain Luke Donald has named Italy’s Francesco Molinari as his fifth and final vice captain for next month’s Ryder Cup at Rome’s Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the team announced Wednesday.

Molinari, who made his debut in the 2010 edition when Europe regained the trophy in Wales, joins brother Edoardo Molinari, José María Olazábal, Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Bjorn as vice captains.

“I started the year hoping to be there as a player, but it is still a great honor to be there as a vice captain,” said Molinari, who won the 2018 Open Championship. “I got a phone call from Luke asking if I was interested, and obviously it was a clear answer from me. He is assembling a really good team of people.

“… It’s a Ryder Cup, which is particularly close to my heart being played in Rome, so I will do whatever I can to help Luke and the team and hopefully bring the trophy back to Europe.”

The United States won the last Ryder Cup in Wisconsin last year. Europe has not lost a Ryder Cup on home soil since a 15-13 defeat at The Belfry in England in 1993.

The Ryder Cup will be held from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.

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