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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 06, 2018 1:00 am

In The News

European captain makes Ryder picks

Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey were selected Wednesday as Europe's wild cards for the Ryder Cup, with captain Thomas Bjorn opting for experienced players to balance a team already containing five rookies.

The four have 20 Ryder Cup appearances between them, and each has won at least 50 percent of their matches.

“You need people like that,” Bjorn said, “who have been there and done it, positively and negatively.”

The eight automatic qualifiers were Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren.

Five of them – Olesen, Rahm, Hatton, Fleetwood and Noren – are rookies and Bjorn was aware of the problems his predecessor as captain, Darren Clarke, encountered with six first-timers in his 2016 team.

Among the players overlooked for the captain's picks was Matt Wallace, who won for the third time on the European Tour in front of Bjorn in the Made in Denmark event on Sunday.

– Associated Press