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Bad News For The Irish As Darren Clarke Announces His Three Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks

Bad News For The Irish As Darren Clarke Announces His Three Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks

There was no room for Shane Lowry or Graham McDowell in Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup team to take on the USA at Hazeltine.

Lowry always struck as a long-shot, but Clarke admitted his Northern Irish compatriot McDowell could consider himself unfortunate to miss out as Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters and Martin Kaymer were unveiled as Clarke's picks.

The trio have been added to the nine players who qualified automatically for a place in the squad based on their performances.

Belgian Pieters, 24, takes the number of European Ryder Cup rookies to six, while Westwood and Kaymer have 14 Ryder Cup appearances between them.

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Of his picks, Clarke said:

In Lee Westwood I have one of most experienced Ryder Cuppers of all time - it's his 10th appearance.

Martin Kaymer is somewhat of a Ryder Cup stalwart and another man I have enormous trust in.

Last week I played with Thomas Pieters and Thomas knew why I was playing with him and played unbelievable and shot 62 and, on top of that, won the tournament.

Victory in Denmark was Pieters' third on the European Tour in the past 12 months.

Gavan Casey
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