The automatic selection phase of the European Ryder Cup team is over, and captain Thomas Bjorn now has to make the tricky decision of which four wildcards to accompany his eight automatics.
Dane Thorbjorn Olesen became the eighth automatic selection in the European team after the conclusion on the Made in Denmark tournament on Sunday. He joins Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Terrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Alex Noren.
On Wednesday Bjorn will let the golfing world know his four selections to join this team. Ahead of this, these are our thoughts…
Our first wildcard would be Ian Poulter. This is a man who lives for this event – he has lost just four of his 18 matches at the event and is unbeaten in the singles. Injury kept him out last time, and he was sorely missed. Odds – 1/50 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Next up is Henrik Stenson. The Swede has played in four Ryder Cups, bringing some experience to quite a young side. He has formed a strong partnership with Rose in the past. He has registered top-six finishes in both the Masters and US Open this year, thus the class is obvious. The doubt is an elbow injury, but he has taken some time off recently and we hope this will help. Odds – 1/10 (Betfair Sportsbook)
And now things get difficult. We are going to plump for Matt Wallace. The young Englishman has had a stellar year, winning three times on the European Tour including the final qualifying event last weekend. He is clearly in form. More importantly, he represents the European Tour, something that Bjorn is known to be keen to promote. Odds – 10/9 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Finally, we think this last pick will have a Spanish flavour. But not Sergio Garcia, we’re going for Rafa Cabrera Bello. Rafa won two and a half points out of three under pressure in Hazeltine last time, and would make a good partner for Rahm. He finished in the top 10 at the US PGA, the most recent of the majors, and is still in the FedEx Cup. Odds – 1/1 (Betfair Sportsbook)
This would mean some big names missing out, including Sergio, Paul Casey, Thomas Pieters, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and the list goes on!
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