Ryder Cup: Russell Knox 'less qualified' than others - Bernard Gallacher

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Russell Knox
Russell Knox won the Irish Open in July to put himself in contention

Russell Knox was not selected in Europe's Ryder Cup team because there were "more qualified" options, says former captain Bernard Gallacher.

Captain Thomas Bjorn announced Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson as his four wildcards.

Knox was second at this year's French Open on the Le Golf National course in Paris which will host the Ryder Cup.

"He pushed himself into contention, but other players are more qualified," said former Ryder Cup captain Gallacher.

Poulter, Garcia, Casey and Stenson join automatic qualifiers Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen for the competition against the US in France from 28-30 September.

Bjorn greeted Inverness-native Knox at July's Open Championship with the words "welcome to the conversation" after the US-based Scot won the Irish Open.

However, despite that spurt of form, the Scot failed to finish in either the top four of the world points list or the European list to secure an automatic qualification place.

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