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        Eng
Ian Poulter	Eng
Paul Casey	Eng 


The 37th Ryder Cup takes place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, from 19-21 September.