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.