Bjorn set to defend Gleneagles title

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 22, 2012
Defending champion Thomas Bjorn goes into the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting on Thursday with one eye on an even bigger prize. Named as one of the European Ryder Cup vice captains, Bjorn has been busy tracking the progress of the team to play at Medinah next month. And so far he has liked what he has seen, particularly the back-to-back success in the past two weeks of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. ''It has been a couple of important weeks,'' said Bjorn. ''When they play the way they have done, it leaves a little bit less room for our guys. So Kiawah was very important, and Sergio's win last week was also very important. ''It just gives a boost to the whole European team ... We are five weeks away and after a little bit of a low, five weeks away is the perfect timing for all of them to be right on top of their game.'' McIlroy not only won his second Major championship but stormed past Tiger Woods and Luke Donald to take back the top ranking when winning the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Garcia, meanwhile, ended a four-year PGA Tour winless drought last Monday in capturing the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Bjorn will be joined as vice captain under Jose Maria Olazabal by former British Open winner Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Ireland's Paul McGinley. All three served in the same capacity in 2010 under Colin Montgomerie. Olazabal will name his fourth vice captain later this week and will make his two wildcard picks on Monday. One of those could be big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who is currently 12th and two places outside of automatically qualifying for the Ryder Cup side. However, the 29-year old Colsaerts could guarantee his place on the team by finishing first or second at Gleneagles. If successful, Colsaerts will be the only rookie among the 10 automatic qualifiers. ''I think the best way to go about it, is to be very humble,'' said Colsaerts. ''Ollie (Olazabal) has been around so many of them that he's got all the scenarios covered regardless of what I do, what some of the other guys do. ''I don't know what the captain is looking for. If he's looking for certain individuals, if he's looking for certain skills. Fortunately, I still have a way to get myself in, but I'd like to think that I'm a pretty good position to get a pick.'' While Colsaerts is the only player competing in Scotland who can break into the team, England's David Lynn has been left ruing not joining Colsaerts last week in North Carolina. Lynn, 38, jumped 15 places to 13th on the points table following his second-place finish to McIlroy at Kiawah Island and would automatically qualify for the team by finishing 46th or better. ''I just thought it was mathematically impossible when I turned up for the PGA Championship to make the team automatically,'' said Lynn.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Golf News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker