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European Ryder Cup Team Vice Captain Anders Forsbrand
European Ryder Cup Team Vice Captain Anders Forsbrand

Forsbrand named European Team Vice Captain for 35th Ryder Cup Matches

August 21, 2004

Bernhard Langer, the European Captain, announced today that Anders Forsbrand, of Sweden, will be his Vice Captain for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches against the United States at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township, Michigan, from September 17-19, 2004.

Langer said: "Anders has enormous respect throughout the world of golf, and with 22 years of competing on The European Tour he is well known to all our players. He has a wealth of experience when it comes to international matches with seven and six appearances respectively in the Alfred Dunhill Cup and World Cup, and he won both titles for Sweden in 1991.

"In my opinion it is imperative to have a Vice Captain with whom both I and all the players feel extremely comfortable and Anders was my first choice. Vikki and I welcome Anders and his wife, Stewart, to Team Europe."

Forsbrand, aged 42, represented Sweden at all levels as an amateur prior to turning professional in 1981. He has won six times on The European Tour in addition to recording victories in the 1991 Benson & Hedges Trophy with Helen Alfredsson, the 1992 Equity & Law Challenge and the 1997 Open Novotel Perrier with Michael Jonzon.

He achieved his first European Tour win in the 1987 European Masters with a last round of 62 and similarly he gained his victories in the 1991 and 1992 Volvo Open di Firenze tournaments with his lowest rounds (65 and 66) each week being compiled on the last day. He has a special penchant for low scoring ? in the 1994 Open Golf Championship he scored 66 - 64 in the third and final rounds for a total of 130 which is a record in the final two rounds for a Major Championship.

Forsbrand, who lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida, with his wife, Stewart, and their children Alexander, aged six, and Margaux, who will be one in May, said: "Both Stewart and I were delighted and honoured to be asked by Bernhard to be part of the European Team for the defence of The Ryder Cup, and I can tell you I'm so excited at the thought of being at Oakland Hills in September.

"If there is one ambition that I have not fulfilled in 20 years as a professional then it is being on a Ryder Cup Team, but as we all know my compatriots have certainly made it a part of their lives with Joakim Haeggman being the first Swede to play in 1993 and Per-Ulrik Johansson, Jesper Parnevik, Jarmo Sandelin, Niclas Fasth and Pierre Fulke all subsequently making the Team. The race for places in Europe's Team for this year's match is really becoming very exciting and I will, of course, be taking even more interest now!"

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