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Bjorn to review Ryder Cup selection policy

Press Association logoPress Association 7/12/2016

Thomas Bjorn insists he does not need to change his "forthright" personality to lead Europe to Ryder Cup glory in 2018.

The new Europe captain confirmed the team's selection criteria for the 2018 contest in France will now be reviewed, after Paul Casey was left ineligible for September's heavy defeat to the USA at Hazeltine.

Bjorn insists his captaincy will be based entirely on truth and honesty.

"I think if you're going to lead something you want the truth, you want people to be honest with you," Bjorn said.

"I've never been one for liking having things around me where people are trying to just say yes to me. I want them to tell me the truth.

"I think if you're going to be forthright yourself, then you want the same from everyone else.

"That's the way I believe in things, and that's what I expect for all the people I have around me."

Fiery Dane Bjorn branded Woosnam "the most pathetic captain I've ever seen", "barmy" and "not burdened with too many leadership qualities" when overlooked for the 2006 team.

Woosnam met Bjorn's appointment as Ryder Cup captain this week by throwing his full weight of support behind the 15-time European Tour winner.

And Bjorn believes that underscores the value that a frank and open approach can add to his captaincy role.

"It's fantastic to have his support," said Bjorn of Woosnam's backing.

"I'm grateful for all the past captains and the support I've had from them, and it's nice for Ian to come out and be so supportive.

Europe went into the 2016 Ryder Cup without Paul Casey, because the in-form Englishman had not taken up his membership of the European Tour.

The USA pulled off a crushing 17-11 win, subjecting Europe to their first defeat since 2008 and their heaviest since 1981.

Bjorn confirmed Ryder Cup bosses will now conduct a full-scale review into selection policy and other areas of planning, but insisted it was too early to discuss details.

"Selection will be reviewed, and it should be, because the world and the game of golf is a moving thing.

"But we're in no immediate rush and no panic to do it.

"We'll look at it carefully. We might stay where we are but we might also come up with a few tweaks.

"Almost the biggest task at hand at the moment is not to get too panicked about not having the trophy on this side of the Atlantic at the moment.

"We've won eight out of the last 11, it's not like we have a system that's faulty and we always play against a very strong team."

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