Saturday 30 August 2008

European Ryder Cup Rumour Mill

The race for Nick Faldo's wildcard picks for the European Ryder Cup team sure is getting entertaining. With allegations of guaranteed places to both Ian Poulter and Paul Casey and transatlantic sniping between Poulter and Monty, it's turning into a mini soap opera!

I can't imagine someone like Faldo would have assured anyone of their place before the last ball had been struck in Gleneagles, but stranger things have happened. He'll have to announce his picks while the 3rd round of the Deutsche Bank Championship is under way in Boston, so it will be interesting to see how Casey and Poulter are shaping up at that point in time.

It's just as well that it's unlikely that both Monty and Poulter will be picked for the team as that would lead to a pretty frosty atmosphere in the locker room! Following the war of words between the two (conducted via the press), I don't think they would do much for the famed European team spirit.

If Nick Faldo used Golf Predictor (free honorary subscription, if you're reading this, Nick!), he would know exactly which two from Poulter, Casey, Monty and Darren Clarke have been playing the best golf this season and in their last 5 events. Using the 'Compare Golfers' page on the 'Stats Analysis' menu, it is clear that Poulter and Casey are streets ahead on performance, with Casey on a rich streak of form. However, Clarke and Monty in particular have impressive Ryder Cup records, so I don't envy your decision, Nick, old chap!!

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