It’s 25 years since America last won on foreign soil and just as long since I felt as fearful for Europe’s chances at a home Ryder Cup
- Thomas Bjorn has revealed his European Ryder Cup team to take on the US
- Wild cards went to Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter
- With five rookies in the team, it was no surprise to see him rely on great names
By DEREK LAWRENSON FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 17:32 EDT, 5 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:09 EDT, 5 September 2018
The old debate about whether current form or experience is the most important factor when choosing Ryder Cup wildcards will be taken to a whole new level in Paris later this month after Europe captain Thomas Bjorn placed all his eggs in the latter basket.
With five rookies in his team, it was no surprise to see him lean heavily on the great names from Ryder Cups past when selecting his four wildcards. But to ignore the men who have been winning or contending for titles in recent weeks is certainly new, and leaves Bjorn desperately hoping that the old saying, ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’, proves correct once more.
Given the unquestioned pedigree of Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter, there must be every chance of that happening. But there remains the nagging memory of what has happened to great Ryder Cup players of yore who went into this unique pressure-cooker of an event struggling for form.
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