The Ryder Cup showdown between old foes Europe and the USA is fast approaching and on Tuesday Europe’s captain Paul McGinley named his full squad.
The first nine players earned automatic qualification through a tournament points system throughout the season while the 12-man team was completed with three captain’s picks.
McGinley said: “So with no further ado the three picks that I have chosen to complement the nine players who are already in place, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell, will be joined by Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.”
Former world number one Westwood will be playing in his ninth consecutive Ryder Cup, Gallacher is one of three rookies in the European team along with Frenchman Dubuisson and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson.
Poulter was never going to miss out as he has steadily become one of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes.
The Englishman, who usually saves his best performances for the tournament, has 12 wins from 15 matches and is on a seven-match winning streak.
The 40th edition takes place in late September at the iconic Gleneagles in Scotland where Europe head to as defending champions after their ‘Miracle at Medinah’ victory in 2012.
Europe have won 10 of the last 14 clashes. The last USA victory on European soil came in 1993 at the Belfry in Warwickshire, England.