Cup captain Clarke salutes Europe's 'fantastic' mix
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[August 24, 2016]
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's
Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has hailed his "fantastic blend of
youth and experience" following the confirmation of his nine
automatic qualifiers for next month's event at Hazeltine, Minnesota.
On Sunday, England's Matt Fitzpatrick became the ninth and final
qualifier to seal his spot in the team that is seeking a record
fourth successive triumph over the United States.
Fitzpatrick will be one of at least five rookies lining up alongside
more seasoned campaigners like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in
the biennial contest that starts on Sept. 30.
"I am absolutely delighted with the nine players who have
qualified," Clarke said in a statement. "They offer not only a
fantastic blend of youth and experience but also some exciting
The Northern Irishman is set to name his three wildcard picks on
"In the experienced corner we have two men who have lit up the world
of golf in recent weeks, Open champion Henrik Stenson and Olympic
champion Justin Rose, joined by Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy who,
aside from being two of the most dynamic Ryder Cup performers of
recent years, are also winners this year... Sergio in the U.S. and
Rory in Europe," said Clarke.
"In the rookies' corner it is very rare you begin any such list with
the reigning Masters champion but we are fortunate to do just that
with Danny Willett while Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy
Sullivan and Chris Wood bring a mixture of consistency and success."
The U.S. team is also taking shape with the final three automatic
places decided after this week's Barclays tournament in New York.
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Europe team captain Darren Clarke talks at a press conference as he
names his three vice captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup Action Images
via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic
Eight players automatically qualify from the points list.
U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson,
PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and rookie Brooks Koepka are
set to make the team while Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Patrick
Reed, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler are still in the
Davis Love III will add four players as captain's picks.
(Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Tony Jimenez)
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