30 Aug '16, 12pm

What Darren Clarke was thinking with his Euro Ryder Cup captain's picks

In the end, Darren Clarke went with a mixture of form and substance. On Tuesday morning, the European Ryder Cup captain added Thomas Pieters, the hottest golfer on the European Tour, and the experienced pair of Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer to the nine automatic qualifiers (Matthew Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood), completing the European side that will defend the Cup against the United States at Hazeltine National next month. The 24-year-old Pieters, a former NCAA champion during his time at Illinois, will be making his Ryder Cup debut. An ever-present since 1997, Westwood is making his 10th appearance in European colors, six more than Kaymer, who memorably holed the winning putt to climax the so-called “Miracle at Medinah” four years ago. Facebook Pinterest Getty Image...

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