Nick Faldo has shocked the golf world and selected Ian Poulter as one of his two wildcard picks for the 2008 Ryder Cup matches at Valhalla in September.
Press and pundits had tipped Darren Clarke to be selected alongside Paul Casey as the two wild cards, but in the end Poulter got the call he was hoping for, despite opting to play in the Fed-Ex Cup event on the PGA Tour rather than try to play his way into the team at Gleneagles during this week's Johnnie Walker Championship.
Faldo's two selections mean the team will line up as follows
2008 European Ryder Cup Team
Padraig Harrington Ire Sergio Garcia Spa Lee Westwood Eng Henrik Stenson Swe Robert Karlsson Swe Miguel Angel Jimenez Spa Graeme McDowell NI Justin Rose Eng Soren Hansen Den Oliver Wilson EngIan Poulter EngPaul Casey Eng
The 37th Ryder Cup takes place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, from 19-21 September.
Get the Golf Monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to the Golf Monthly newsletter to stay up to date with all the latest tour news, equipment news, reviews, head-to-heads and buyer’s guides from our team of experienced experts.
Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history overseeing the brand until July 2023. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.
Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
What Happens If Your Golf Ball Hits Another Golf Ball?
In the unlikely event of your golf ball making contact with another ball on the golf course, what should you do?
By Fergus Bisset Published
Charlie Woods Shoots 86 To Miss Out On PGA Tour Pre-Qualifying Bid
Charlie Woods shot 86 as he failed to make it through pre-qualifying for the PGA Tour's Cognizant Classic in Florida
By Paul Higham Published