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Nick Faldo picks Ian Poulter & Paul Casey as Ryder Cup wild cards

Ian Poulter and Paul Casey were chosen Sunday as wild-card picks for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Europe captain Nick Faldo made his announcement shortly after the end of the Johnnie Walker Championship.

“I’ve been watching these guys through the summer,” Faldo said. “Ian is a very determined guy. I love his attitude and what he did at The Open—that back nine he played with the intention to win and had that emotional feeling.”

Faldo said he had been keeping an eye on Casey and waiting for his putting to improve.

“I’ve been watching Paul play and he has been playing absolutely the best through the summer,” Faldo said. “He has an extremely good record in the Ryder Cup and, going back, the Walker Cup.”

Oliver Wilson clinched the 10th and final automatic spot by finishing in a tie for 10th place at Gleneagles, while Justin Rose and Soren Hansen also qualified to make their debuts at the competition.

Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell have already made the team.

Nick Dougherty would have had a chance to make the team by winning the Johnnie Walker Championship, but his 69 left him in seventh place.

Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Carl Petterson were among the players hoping to get a wild-card selection.

“Nick rang me after my last round at Gleneagles to say that I wasn’t going to be one of his picks and I simply wished him all the best,” Clarke said in a statement. “Obviously I am disappointed that I wasn’t selected, but I have dealt with much worse and it will make me all the more determined to make the team that will play in Wales next time.”

 

August 31, 2008




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