Are Paul Casey and Ian Poulter Right for European Ryder Cup Squad?

Andrew McNairSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2008

So did Ian Poulter already know he was picked when he chose to not to compete at the Johnnie Walker Classic?

He quite possibly did.

Poulter and Paul Casey missed the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship in America after choosing to not compete in front of Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo at the Johnnie Walker.

Darren Clarke plays in front of Faldo and does well again after last week's KLM Open win in Holland, yet he misses out.

You wouldn't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. Faldo's mind was made up long before this tournament. In fact, I'd say he knew his choices since the Open Championship.

I'm pretty disappointed in Faldo. After all, he said the picks were all about form, but obviously not.

Some of the European team are slightly surprised by the Captain's picks including Sergio Garcia, and I wonder if it'll affect the team spirit within the European camp.

Faldo is not a great communicator, and he's chosen players (Poulter in particular) who do their own thing and couldn't care less what people think.

Certainly, this is not like the Europe that has been so successful in recent Ryder Cups.

I believe Darren Clarke should be there. He's on form and has been involved in five Ryder Cups. Even Jim Furyk says so!

Along with Poulter and Casey, Justin Rose, Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson claimed the final automatic qualifying spots.

The whole issue leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I'll get behind Europe at Valhalla on Sept. 19.


Did You Know?

Since the Ryder Cup became an America vs. Europe affair, the Europeans have won 50 percent of the time with seven wins out of 14. America have six wins, and there has been one draw.