Poulter, Gallacher named as wildcards
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[September 02, 2014]
By Tony Jimenez
LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee
Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe's wildcard picks for
this month's Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul
McGinley at Wentworth on Tuesday.
Westwood, Poulter and Gallacher join automatic qualifiers Rory
McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer,
Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson
in McGinley's 12-strong team.
Poulter, 38, the fierce, bulging-eyed competitor who inspired the
remarkable "Miracle in Medinah" comeback victory two years ago, has
had an injury-plagued season but a European team without him seems
Former world number one Westwood, 41, has played in the last eight
Ryder Cups while Scot Gallacher, 39, will be making his debut in the
biennial team event.
Among the players to miss out on a wildcard pick were former world
number one Luke Donald, Italian Francesco Molinari, England's Paul
Casey and experienced Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.
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U.S. captain Tom Watson is scheduled to announce his three wildcards in
New York later on Tuesday.
The Ryder Cup matches will take place at Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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