England’s Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium are Europe’s two wild-card picks for next month’s Ryder Cup, captain Jose Maria Olazabal said yesterday.
Poulter and Colsaerts join 10 automatic selections in the 12-man team for holders Europe at the Sept. 28 to Sept. 30 match against the US at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
“Everyone of you guessed Ian was going to be there. He has a great Ryder Cup record and he’s playing well,” Olazabal told a press conference at Gleneagles, Scotland. “Nicolas is going to be the only rookie in the team, but his matchplay record is very good — he won the World Match Play Championship in Spain this year.”
There was no place for triple major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Golf Championship tournaments, the events that are one rung down from the four majors.
Europe beat the US 14.5-13.5 in the previous edition of the biennial team event at Celtic Manor, Wales, in 2010.
Full team: Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Justin Rose (England), Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Paul Lawrie (Scotland), Francesco Molinari (Italy), Luke Donald (England), Lee Westwood (England), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Peter Hanson (Sweden), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Ian Poulter (England) and Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium).