Sep 5th, 2018

revealed! Thomas Bjorn's European wild card picks

Paris here we come!

Cue drum solo and celebratory trumpets... and Thomas Bjorn's Team Europe Captain's wild-card picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup are...

 

IAN POULTER

No kidding. He was always a shoe in. Injury meant he was involved as a vice-captain last time out. We missed him. The 42-year-old, who has lost just four of his 18 matches and is unbeaten in the singles, has been involved in five Ryder Cup wins since making his debut in 2004.

You can't have a Ryder Cup without Poults. Well, only if he's injured. Here are his Top 5 Ryder Cup moments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwLo_ygTpSU

 

 

PAUL CASEY

As soon as PC became eligible for selection again after ruling himself out in 2016 by declining to rejoin the European Tour, he must have been right up there in Bjorn's mind. He missed out on a wildcard in 2010 despite being seventh in the world, but was part of victories in 2004 and 2006 before contributing just a half point at Valhalla a decade ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AEtVIbXv88

 

 

SERGIO GARCIA

He may not have set the world alight in 2018 so far, but don't forget he won last year's Masters and has bagged 22-and-a-half Ryder Cup points in eight Ryder Cups. Without wanting to resort to stereotype, he will be a great partner for Jon Rahm.

Get in there, Sergio!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHwIDHAih8I

 

 

HENRIK STENSON

The Swede holed the winning putt on his debut at The K Club in 2006. He's since played three more times and has recorded top-six finishes at both the Masters and US Open in 2018, but has slipped out of the world top 10.

Henrik's Top 10 Ryder Cup shots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7h8XoG250U

 

 

So, who can feel hard done by?

 

MATT WALLACE

This kid is in form and Thomas Bjorn must be scratching his head whether to pick him or one of the old-guard, after Wallace won the final qualifying event before the Ryder Cup? That's what the Englishman did in Denmark on Sunday for his third European Tour win this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEFRpPB5kLY

 

RAFA CABRERA-BELLO

The world number 29's won two-and-a-half points from his three matches at Hazeltine in 2016, only bettered by Thomas Pieters' record-breaking debut. He's been consistent rather than incredible this year, his best performance being tied for 3rd at the WGC Mexico Championship, plus he had a top 10 at the US PGA Championship. 

Eat my birdie, Jimmy Walker!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCaFPsODrs8

 

 

THOMAS PIETERS

The Belgian made a spectacular Ryder Cup debut in 2016, scoring four points, a record for a rookie. His partnership with Rory McIlroy will be something Bjorn wants to see deliver big style again. Pieters hasn't been at his very best this season, but he's been improving week by week and he tied for sixth at the US PGA Championship in August.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40baf6a6-k0

 

 

RUSSELL KNOX

Controversially overlooked in previous years, Knox put himself well and truly in the shop window after winning the Irish Open. "Welcome to the conversation," said captain Thomas Bjorn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaHy4CTYUZ0

 

 

EDDIE PEPERREL

If you've ever read Eddie's blog you'll know he's not your average golf banana. It's a rare and genius insight into what really goes on inside a player's mind while on tour. And he can play. A first European Tour win at the Qatar Masters in February proved the beginning of a strong run of form for Eddie, who is hoping to compete in his first Ryder Cup after enjoying a top-six finish at The Open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgghg0S89oI

 

 

MATT FITZPATRICK

Fitz had a miserable debut at Hazeltine, failing to register a singly point. He wasn't alone in that stat though. Neither did Lee Westwood, Chris Wood and a few of the other debutants. His best finish on the European Tour this season was tied for third in Abu Dhabi in January.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LvpLy-JtQ

 

 

Plenty more of this coming our way!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ivMC2V8zs

 

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