Team Europe | Our thoughts?
The US has now named three of his wild-card picks for the Ryder cup (we nailed that one), with the fourth to be announced on Monday. So, as today is the Team Europe announcement we thought best to wrap up our thoughts on who will be going to Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
To be fair Bjorn is a relatively underwhelming captain for Team Europe. Do you agree? With no major wins during his career and just 15 wins under his belt on the European Tour, he now gives himself an opportunity raise his profile with a good performance at this year’s Ryder Cup.
Our calls so far
During August we made some early calls that both Poulter and Garcia would make it onto the shortlist. With Poulters form on track and his “Mr Ryder Cup” persona we are still confident in this selection. However, Garcia has been largely, well, poor! Missing the cut in every major and failing to qualify for the PGA tours FedEX cup really does top of a disappointing season for the Spaniard. However, he does have valuable Ryder Cup experience and could be lined up to partner with Jon Rahm. He also finished top 10 in the French Open which was played on this same course. So I think for now we will stick with him for one of our picks (feel free to debate).
The big question is, will Bjorn look for experience, youthful exuberance, form or class? Or will he pick players that may suit some of the others already on the plane. Stenson, a former Open winner, travels a lot with Poulter, also partners well with Alex Noren and is good mates with Justin Rose. What do you think? Will he be included to support the others? Or do you pick someone based on form? Like…
What better way of showing your credentials by winning the final qualifying event before the Ryder Cup? The BBC suggest everything about him points towards future Ryder Cup Success. He does share very similar qualities to the renowned Ryder Cup legend Poulter, but two cooks in the kitchen could see Europe bubble over? Whilst both play with an intensity, passion and confidence that sets them apart he may have to wait until Poulter hangs up his clubs before getting his shot.
The Belgian impressed on his Ryder Cup debut in 2016, scoring four points - a record for a rookie - and forged a great partnership with McIlroy. Again, could he be brought along just to supplement Rory?
Could it be casey?
Paul Casey ranked third in the world in 2009, and European player of the year in 2006, brings a wealth of Ryder Cup Experience. In addition, it is probably no coincidence that experience will surely make up 90% of Bjorns thoughts at this point. If he goes for youth and form, and gets it wrong, his profile may not recover. At least not like Nick Faldo’s did following his captaincy in 2008 (including his decision to take Oliver Wilson), and with 5 rookies already in the side. No doubt, he will need to consider balancing this out.
Our final thought
In summary we are going to stick by our picks of Poulter and Garcia and are going to add Stenson and Casey as the final two. Realistically, if he wants to beat an impressive looking US side he will need to include players who know how to win on the big stage, as well Poulter!!
Whilst this means that a few form players miss out (particularly Matt Wallace), we believe his time will come.
What do you think? Do you agree with the FairWeather Team? Comment below and let us know your thoughts before 2pm today!