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Injured Ian Poulter appointed Ryder Cup vice captain

FILE - A Wednesday, April 6, 2016 photo from files showing Ian Poulter, of England, walking to the ninth tee with his caddie during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Ian Poulter will serve as a vice captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing. Facing four months on the sidelines, Poulter joins Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington as one of captain Darren Clarke’s four assistants.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

FILE - A Wednesday, April 6, 2016 photo from files showing Ian Poulter, of England, walking to the ninth tee with his caddie during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Ian Poulter will serve as a vice captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing. Facing four months on the sidelines, Poulter joins Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington as one of captain Darren Clarke’s four assistants.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ian Poulter has been appointed a vice captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing.

Facing four months on the sidelines, Poulter joins Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington in assisting captain Darren Clarke.

The Ryder Cup will be played from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

Poulter says "when it became clear, given my current foot condition, that I would not be in a position to try and qualify for the team for a sixth time this year or indeed be able to justify a wild-card pick, I was truly honored and delighted to be asked by Darren to be a vice captain."

The 40-year-old Poulter has won the Ryder Cup in four of his five playing appearances.