Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, Nick Faldo is set to announce his Ryder Cup team to face the USA, and in it he’ll comprise two wild card selections for what is the largest Golfing spectacle on the planet, being played this season at Valhalla Golf club in Louisville, Kentucky. There are quite a few players who will undoubtedly be hoping that one of these names is theirs. Of course the names won’t be shown until after the Johnny Walker Championship at Gleneagles has concluded but it seems like it is going to be involving, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, and Nick Dougherty. All these have great claims and Faldo will without doubt need to perform some agonising before he eventually decides.
Current favourite is Darren Clarke, who did his promises no injury when winning the KLM Dutch Open last week, a victory that was as impressive as they come. It was his second tour win this year and with his previous live stream of Ryder Cup 2018 experience, it’s easy to see why he would go the betting. If Clarke performs well at Gleneagles this week then one believes he’ll be a certainty. The question stay, who are the player?
As it stands, Faldo has an outstanding mix of youth and experience. Together with Padraig Harrington heading the world points record and Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood not far behind, Faldo will know he has three of the best players in the world in his group, bang in form and with fantastic Ryder Cup pedigrees. Qualifying from the World list are both Swedish players, Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson. The five qualifying from the lists are, Soren Hansen, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Oliver Wilson and Miguel Angel Jiminez.
German, Martin Kaymer, who’s next on the European record will be aware that a top five performance out of him at Gleneagles could see him hard Hansen and Wilson and perhaps even Rose, but even if he does then it won’t make too much difference to the make from their side; Faldo will nevertheless have the ideal mix from the automatic qualifiers.
So that leaves two to include and to be ruthless and will need Darren Clarke is sure to be among them, Faldo will need to make a decision that is considered. It would have seemed unthinkable to get a negative without Colin Montgomerie his run of form continues and he should doubt himself. He would hate to be and with the best will in the world and then it’s tough to see Faldo picking him this week, unless Monty wins at Gleneagles.