Ryder Cup squads set as Padraig Harrington finalizes European team
Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry were selected by Harrington as wildcard picks as he finalized his 12-man team on Sunday night.
"I'm really happy with my team," Harrington said during the announcement. "It's a great team for foursomes and fourball play, a lot of good ball-strikers and it's a team going to Whistling Straits that is well-suited to the golf course. It's a strong, well-rounded and very balanced team."
Harrington stands with Lowry on the fourth green before the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links.
Spaniard Garcia is making his 10th Ryder Cup appearance and is Europe's all-time leading points scorer.
Poulter, who is somewhat of a talisman for Europe, also has an impressive record at the competition, boasting an undefeated card in the singles format.
Harrington's fellow Irishman Lowry will be making his debut appearance at the Ryder Cup, although he calls reaching the famous biennial tournament, which gets underway at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 24, a "career-long goal."
"There's no point going over just to make up numbers," the 2019 Open winner said. "We want to go over and win and I have that in my head. I've said that all year, I don't want to be there just to say I've played the Ryder Cup. I want to go and I want to make it count."
Justin Rose was the highest profile name to miss out on Harrington's Ryder Cup team. The 2021 form of the former world No. 1, who has played in five Ryder Cups, meant he failed to even qualify for the PGA Tour's 125-man FedExCup Playoffs in August.
Earlier on Sunday, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger confirmed their spots as the final three automatic qualifiers for the European team after the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.
Poulter and Garcia stand on the first tee during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup.
It will be Westwood's 11th appearance at the competition, equaling Nick Faldo's record for most Ryder Cup appearances for Team Europe.
The other automatic qualifiers which had been already confirmed were Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland and Paul Casey.
Lowry, Hovland and Wiesberger are all making their Ryder Cup debuts.
Team USA captain Steve Stricker on the other hand has picked six rookies for his side in the hopes they can reclaim the trophy.
Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler, Harris English, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay will all be making their Ryder Cup bows at Whistling Straits.……
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