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Olazabal chooses Jimenez as Ryder Cup vice captain

CBSSports.com wire reports

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has chosen fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez as his fourth and final vice captain.

Jimenez joins Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn for Europe's defense of its Ryder Cup title against the United States at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago from Sept. 28-30.

"I now have four world class golfers as my vice captains," Olazabal said. "They all have tremendous experience of playing in the Ryder Cup which is absolutely invaluable ... They are four guys I know, four guys I trust."

Jimenez was vice captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and has competed in four Ryder Cups, including wins for Europe in 2004 and `10.

"I would not be telling the truth if I didn't say that I would have liked to have been playing again but then there is nothing to compare with that in the Ryder Cup," Jimenez said. "So next to that I could not be happier than to be a vice captain alongside Darren, Thomas and Paul."

Olazabal is set to name his two wild-card players on Monday with England's Ian Poulter and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts the leading contenders.

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