BJORN THREE; Great Dane chosen in Clarke's Cup trio.
Byline: MIKE WALTERS
DARREN CLARKE has named Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as vice-captains for his Ryder Cup crusade at Hazeltine in September.
And Bjorn, who is favourite to succeed Clarke as Europe's captain in 2018, recycled his famous oneliner from the eve of his Ryder Cup debut 19 years ago: "There's no going home to mummy now."
As Masters champion Danny Willett (left) continued his blistering form at the BMW PGA Championship, Clarke and hi chosen lieutenants convened at Wentworth, with Bjorn in full Agincourt mode.
The great Dane said: "You work your whole career for certain moments, and when you're in this event you realise that's it: it's just you and your golf clubs.
"This is what you worked for, now it's time to make it count. That's the time where you, as a player, find out what you're made of. It's one of the best things you can experience."
Clarke revealed he had spent an hour at Wentworth with predecessor Sam Torrance - and he will consult as many European captains, victorious or not, for advice on the job's pitfalls. He said: "The only people from whom I can get help and information about this role are those who have been there. I intend to collect any bits of advice, good or bad, that will help me."
Willett shot a sensational 29 through the first nine holes of his second round at the PGA before three consecutive bogeys forced him to settle for a 68 as the joint leader on 10 under par.
It could have been worse - examining the lie of his drive under a bush, Willett's sunglasses fell off his cap and landed perilously close to his ball, millimetres from incurring a two-shot penalty.