Chasing a fourth straight Ryder Cup triumph, Europe unveiled Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters on Tuesday for the golf showdown that tees off at Hazeltine on September 30.
The inclusion of each Westwood and Kaymer, two extremely-skilled gamers, was anticipated with the European staff already boasting 5 rookies.
“Narrowing it right down to these three wildcards has been a really troublesome course of, however I stated that I used to be going to look to expertise and with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer I had two former world No. 1s,” Europe captain Darren Clarke advised reporters.
“The final was very troublesome. Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald had an argument with their expertise to hitch that, however they might admit that they haven’t been on prime of their recreation.
“It got here right down to Thomas Pieters and Russell Knox and the telephone name to Russell was one of many hardest I’ve ever needed to make.
“However, given his type, I discovered it inconceivable to go away Thomas out.”
Westwood, forty three, has performed in each Ryder Cup since 1997 and has gained 23 factors within the course of.
He went unbeaten in 2004 and 2006 and tied Arnold Palmer’s report in 2008 after making it 12 matches with out defeat at Valhalla.
“I am extremely proud,” Westwood advised reporters after being confirmed within the workforce.
“Once I look again over my profession, the Ryder Cup has offered a lot of the very particular moments.
“Myself and Darren are very shut and I used to be very relieved and thrilled to get the decide.
“It may be a really robust activity. The US goes to be very robust however we’re equally as robust — it is a good mixture of expertise of youth.
“I feel it may be a really shut contest.”
The 2-time main winner made his debut within the competitors in 2010 and is already relishing one other alternative to steer Europe to glory.
“The primary time I performed the Ryder Cup, it was very overwhelming,” Kaymer informed reporters. “2012 was a really particular one for me as a result of I actually received to know the sensation of what the Ryder Cup means.
“I actually did not need to miss out in 2016 and I am actually glad Darren gave me his belief. I’m actually glad for Thomas Pieters too — I performed with him final week and was actually impressed.
“I put all my coronary heart in it — that is all you’ll be able to ask for and all I may give. It was a little bit of a aid to get the telephone name from Darren.
“Now’s the time to begin to put together and I am actually excited. It is virtually the top of the yr nevertheless it’s an enormous spotlight. I can promise I’ll play with every little thing I’ve as a result of it means lots to me.”
Pieters completed fourth on the Olympics and second on the Czech Masters. The 24-yr-previous impressed Clarke whereas enjoying alongside him on the Made in Denmark event, the place he gained the title after opening rounds of sixty two and seventy one.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia provides but extra expertise whereas rookies Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wooden additionally certified.
US captain Davis Love III will reveal three of his 4 picks on September eleven, and can make his remaining choice on September 25.
Hazeltine Nationwide, in Minnesota, will host the Ryder Cup for the primary time. Its final main occasion was the 2009 PGA Championship, whereas it has additionally staged the lads’s and ladies’s US Opens.
The competitors begins on September 30, with gamers pairing up for foursomes and 4-ball occasions on the primary two days, then 12 singles matches will determine the result on the closing Sunday.
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