The former world No.1 thought he had done enough to earn a pick after shooting a final round 65 to finish sixth at the BMW PGA
Justin Rose has been left out of the Ryder Cup team after Europe captain Padraig Harrington picked Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter.
The former world No.1 thought he had done enough to earn a pick after shooting a final round 65 to
finish sixth at the BMW PGA.
Rose has an excellent Ryder Cup record and finished as top scorer in Gleneagles in 2014.
Harrington said last week it would be “very odd” to leave out Ryder Cup veterans Garcia – the competition’s record points scorer – and Postman Ian Poulter.
And the Dubliner picked his fellow Irishman Lowry as his third pick despite the 2019 Open champion failing to qualify in Wentworth and being a rookie.
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“Nobody thinks of him as a rookie,” said Harrington. “Shane is a big-time player. He is much bigger on the big stage – he delivers in those situations. It was an easy pick based on his form.
Garcia, who made his debut as a teenager in 1999, broke Nick Faldo’s record of 25 points in Paris and will be making his 10th appearance. “He is a leader and he brings passion – he just loves the Ryder Cup,” Harrington said.
The average age of the three wildcards is 40 compared to 28.6 for the six American picks.
The complicated qualifying system saw Lowry finished tied 17th and Bernd Wiesberger tied 20th – but the Austrian still overtook the Irishman to claim an automatic place.
Westwood finished only 9.3 points ahead of Lowry in the final place despite a final round 77 which saw him down in 71st place.
But when he came off the course, the Worksop Wonder admitted his frustration with his game and admitted: I suppose the toys came out of their cot. This game beats you up all the time.. If there had been a buggy on that 9 th tee I would have taken it in.”
He also confirmed he wants to be captain in 2023 – but he will now equal will equal Sir Nick Faldo’s record of 11 European Ryder Cup appearances.
Wiesberger fought back the tears after making his Ryder Cup debut at the age of 35.
“I have never felt pressure like it on a golf course before – I just had to take deep breaths for every shot,” he said. “I am proud and relieved.”