Pieters, Westwood, Kaymer join Ryder Cup party

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Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood announced as European Ryder Cup wildcard picks.

Pieters, Westwood, Kaymer join Ryder Cup party

SHOWS: WENTWORTH, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 30, 2016) (IMG – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, DARREN CLARKE, SAYING:

“In Lee Westwood I’ve got one of the most experienced Ryder Cuppers of all time. This will be his tenth appearance. He’s played well this year. Runner-up at Augusta and he’s playing well at U.S. Open again. Another solid Open performance, but week-in, week-out he’s been solid. Martin Kaymer – six top tens in his recent events. Again, another somewhat of a Ryder Cup stalwart. None of us can ever forget the putt that he holed at Medina a few years ago, but again a man I have a big amount of trust and belief in.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, DARREN CLARKE, SAYING:

“And Thomas Pieters. Last week I played with him again as I’ve done many times with the qualification period and obviously when we teed off from Thursday morning Thomas knew exactly why I was playing with him. Prior to that there were some other contenders that I was thinking about as well, but Thomas went out and played unbelievable. Shot 62. One of the finest 62’s I’ve ever witnessed and made it look very easy.”

4. WHITE FLASH

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, DARREN CLARKE, SAYING:

“I’m proud to have somebody of Thomas Pieters’ talent, undoubted talent, as part of the team.”

STORY: Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters and experienced duo Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were named by Europe captain Darren Clarke as wildcard picks on Tuesday (August 30) to complete his Ryder Cup team.

Clarke opted for the powerful 24-year-old Pieters over Scotland’s Russell Knox and England’s Luke Donald, bringing to six the number of rookies in the 12-man team who will defend the trophy against the United States in Hazeltine, Minnesota.

“Lee Westwood is one of the most experienced Ryder Cup players of all time and Martin is also a Ryder Cup stalwart,” Clarke told reporters at Wentworth on Tuesday.

Clarke was impressed when he played alongside Pieters in the first two rounds of the weekend’s Made in Denmark tournament on the European PGA Tour. Pieters went on to win the trophy, notching three birdies on the final three holes to win by a stroke.

American captain Davis Love will name three of his wildcard selections a week on Sunday, with his final pick not being announced until five days before the tournament begins.

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