BREAKING NEWS: Clarke names Bjorn, Harrington and Lawrie vice-captains

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European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has selected Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as vice-captains for this year's event at Hazeltine National.

Harrington assumed the role under Paul McGinley in 2014 and will retain the position for the 2016 edition in Minnesota.

Bjorn - a three-time Ryder Cup winner - was a vice-captain four years ago for the 'Miracle at Medinah', while Lawrie will make his debut in the position after featuring once as a player in 1999.

Clarke was pleased to have the trio on board and revealed he would appoint a further two vice-captains before the tournament begins on September 30.

"I will have two more later on in the year," said the Northern Irishman. "There are quite a few different guys in the running for these final two places. As of now, these are my first three and I'm over the moon they have agreed.

"I think as a vice-captain having been there, you want honesty you want them to tell you exactly what they're thinking. These are three fantastic players with seriously good careers. They know what they're looking for.

"Because I can't be everywhere at one time - it's a pretty hectic week for the captain they are my eyes and ears."