Ryder Cup roster set as Padraig Harrington finalizes European squad

Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry were selected by Harrington as their generic picks as he finalized his 12-man squad on Sunday night.
“I’m really happy with my team,” Harrington said during the announcement. “They’re a great foursome and four-ball team, a lot of good ball forwards and they’re a team going to Whistling Straits that are well suited for the golf course. They’re a strong, well-balanced team. and very balanced. “

Spaniard Garcia is making his 10th Ryder Cup appearance and is the all-time top scorer in Europe.

Poulter, who is somewhat of a talisman for Europe, also has an impressive track record in the competition, with an undefeated singles card.

Harrington’s fellow Irishman Lowry will make his first Ryder Cup appearance, though he calls reaching the famous biennial tournament, which kicks off at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on September 24, a “long-term goal. “.

“There’s no point just making up numbers,” said the Open 2019 winner. “We want to win and I have that in mind. I’ve been saying that all year, I don’t don’t wanna be there just to say I played the Ryder Cup. I wanna go and I wanna make it count. “

Justin Rose was the most prominent name to miss Harrington’s Ryder Cup team. The 2021 shape of the former world number one. 1, which has played five Ryder Cups, means he failed to even qualify for the 125 FedExCup Playoffs of the PGA Tour in August.

Earlier on Sunday, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger confirmed their places among the last three automatic qualifiers for the European squad following the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

Poulter and Garcia stood on the first tee during the morning four-ball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

This will be Westwood’s 11th appearance in the competition, tying Nick Faldo’s record for most Ryder Cup appearances for Team Europe.

Other automatic qualifiers who had already been confirmed were Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland and Paul Casey.
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Lowry, Hovland and Wiesberger are all making their Ryder Cup debuts.

Team USA captain Steve Stricker, meanwhile, has selected six rookies for his squad in hopes they can claim the trophy.

Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler, Harris English, Xander Sc Chaudele, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay will all be doing their Ryder Cup bows at Whistling Straits.

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