Gracious Woosnam backs Bjorn as European captain

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Ian Woosnam was the victim of a withering verbal assault from Thomas Bjorn a decade ago, but has nevertheless offered his full backing to Europe's new Ryder Cup captain.

Having been overlooked as a wildcard pick by Woosnam for the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club, a furious Bjorn labelled the Welshman's captaincy "the most pathetic that I have ever seen in my life".

However, Woosnam had only positive things to say about Bjorn on Tuesday after the latter was confirmed as Europe's skipper for the 2018 event in France.

"All that happened is water under the bridge and I fully back Thomas' captaincy," Woosnam told Telegraph Sport.

"What's important is winning in Paris in 2018 and we all need to pull together in the old Europe way.

"I'm sure Thomas will do a great job."

Bjorn, part of three victorious Ryder Cup teams as a player and also a four-time vice-captain, will be charged with ensuring Europe regain the trophy following the United States' victory at Hazeltine earlier this year.