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Alistair Magowan

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  1. Goodbye or is it au revoir?

    Only 22 days until the Ryder Cup gets under way in France.

    With wildcards Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey now on board with the European team, it should be a cracker. Join me and the BBC golf team for extensive coverage from 28 September.

    Here's our developing story if you want any more. Cannae wait.

  2. European rookies are strong - Harrington

    Thomas Pieters

    With five rookies in the team beforehand - Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen - perhaps it was no surprise that Thomas Bjorn went for experience.

    Vice-captain Padraig Harrington says: "I think our rookies are strong. People seem to think you have to pick the best player, but that's not the case. You have to pick the best player for the team."

    Bjorn emphasised the team dynamic when speaking about Sergio Garcia, who was perhaps the most surprising inclusion.

  3. What do you make of Bjorn's picks?


    Dave Wickens: Really hope Bjorn hasn’t made the same mistake as Clarke by relying on experience. Pieters & Cabrera-Bello have both shown form recently and both performed well 2yrs ago.

    Guthrie Fenton: Would have liked Rafa in, but no time to dwell. T-minus 22 days - let’s get behind them.

  4. What do you make of Bjorn's picks?


    Craig Edmunds: No place for our 2 best players 2 years ago. If Garcia had shown even a shred of form, I would have understood it. For me it was a choice of 2 from Wallace, Bello and Pieters. Stunned that all 3 miss out.

    Jordan Nelson: Pieters and RCB should be disappointed at missing out. Sergio will always be my favourite, but think I’d have went with form, over experience personally.

  5. Poulter, Casey, Stenson and Garcia in!

    If you're just joining us, the European Ryder Cup team complete after Thomas Bjorn's four wildcard picks.

    Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia have joined the eight already qualified.

    They are: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen.

  6. Getting the call is special - Stenson

    Henrik Stenson: "To get the call from Thomas was special. It's going to be a great venue in Paris and Europe has as strong a team as we've ever had, so do the Americans, so it's going to be a great battle."

  7. I've got goosebumps thinking about it - Poulter

    Ian Poulter: "This feels extra special to be part of and for Thomas to give me the call yesterday means absolutely everything. It will be an incredible spectacle, it's an extremely strong US team but I've getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

    "The Ryder Cup at Medina is a long time ago, when I think back to that crazy finish to help the team going into Sunday was a very special moment for me and I will keep it with me. Ryder Cup is everything to me and to be part of the team and hopefully grab hold of the trophy will be huge. It's been a tough couple of years, but it's great to be back involved."

  8. I'm playing some of the best golf I've ever played - Casey

    Paul Casey: "I've had ups and downs and questioned my success in the future, but I've always stayed focused on the future and the immediate time. I've played very good golf in the last few years. I made this a very big goal. I re-joined the European Tour and I'm playing some of the best golf I've ever played. I only wanted to be a part of the team if I could do that. I'm so excited to get back to somewhere I feel like I belong. I can't say how much I am up for this."

  9. What do make of Bjorn's picks?


    Bradley Peyton: No RCB is a joke but we need a real team effort to beat the American team so LETS GO EUROPE

  10. I'm ready for Ryder Cup - Garcia

    Sergio Garcia: "It probably wasn't an easy decision for Thomas Bjorn. He knows what I bring to the team, game-wise and in the team room. It's been a tough year, but I've been working hard and I feel like my game is coming along. I'm now ready to try and help the team win the Ryder Cup back."

  11. Bjorn has his sa

    So that's the European Ryder Cup team complete.

    Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia are the four wildcards to join the eight already qualified.

    They are: Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen.

  12. Fourth pick - Henrik Stenson

    Henrik Stenson

    Thomas Bjorn says: "We had long conversations about his elbow injury but he's focused from his personal achievement to being ready for the Ryder Cup. As soon as I knew that, it wasn't a problem to pick him. The person he is, he is great at looking after some of the youngsters. He's a strong player. Stenson and Justin Rose love each other and you have to look at how other players react to the players coming in.

    "All four bring loads of experience, points and won and how to win and lose and they will bring plenty of heart."

    Stenson's Ryder Cup record: played four, matches 16, points eight.

    The Swede has played in four Ryder Cups and holed the winning putt on his debut at The K Club in 2006. The 42-year-old has registered top-six finishes at both the Masters and US Open in 2018, but has slipped out of the world top 10 and has struggled with an elbow injury over recent months.

  13. Third pick - Ian Poulter

    Thomas Bjorn says: "When he won in Houston, I thought he was on the track to be part of this team. When he gets confident, he hits that European badge hard. He is a man for the occasion and he is a special person. Sometimes you think him and Sergio should have been footballers, because they like the team aspect so much. Winning tournaments is important but the frame of mind is equally important."

    Poulter's Ryder Cup record: played five, matches 18, points 13.

    The Englishman has already summoned some Ryder Cup spirit this year after staging a remarkable comeback to qualify for the Masters via a play-off. An injury meant he was involved as a vice-captain last time out. The 42-year-old, who has lost just four of his 18 matches and is unbeaten in the singles, has been involved in five Ryder Cup wins since making his debut in 2004.

  14. Second pick - Sergio Garcia

    Thomas Bjorn says: "You have to look at Sergio in certain ways, he is the heartbeat of the team. It's like a football team going without their captain. He makes everybody around him better. He is everything that the European Ryder Cup team is about."

    Garcia's Ryder Cup record: played eight, matches 37, points 22.5.

    The 2017 Masters Champion has won 22-and-a-half Ryder Cup points, playing in eight editions of the biennial event. But the 38-year-old Spaniard has struggled for form this year, missing all four cuts at the majors and failing to qualify for the PGA Tour's FedExCup play-offs for the first time.

  15. First pick - Paul Casey

    Thomas Bjorn says: "He's really shown he's missed this part of his life. It was a no-brainer to bring him back. He brings world class golf back to the team."

    Casey's Ryder Cup record: played three, matches nine, points five.

    The Englishman is eligible for selection again after ruling himself out in 2016 by declining to rejoin the European Tour. He missed out on a wildcard in 2010 despite being seventh in the world, but was part of victories in 2004 and 2006 before contributing just a half point at Valhalla a decade ago.

  16. It's not been easy - Thomas Bjorn

    So who are the four wildcards that will join the qualified eight of Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen?

    We are about to find out. Thomas Bjorn says he's been giving it "a lot of thought". The Dane says: "It's not bee the easiest, but it's a privileged position to be in."

  17. Garcia to get the nod - newspaper round up

    European Ryder Cup wildcard picks (14:00 BST)

    The Guardian newspaper says that Thomas Bjorn will side with experience and choose Sergio Garcia alongside Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey.

    The Times also says that Bjorn will ignore the form book and pick Garcia. Despite his glowing Ryder Cup record, the Spaniard has missed sevent cuts in his past 12 events.

    Garcia also gets the nod in The Daily Telegraph. Golf correspondent James Corrigan says if that is Bjorn's pick, both Rafa Cabrera Bello and Matt Wallace can be deemed unfortunate.

  18. Who are your picks for Europe?


    Nick Donnelly: Wonder how Thomas Bjorn is feeling this morning? 5 just doesn’t go into 4, whoever he picks is a good choice and he will get ridiculed for whoever he leaves out.

    Dionizy: Poults for matchplay, Wallace for form, Stenson for iron play, Pepperell for insider info and Gus in a Euro bandana.

  19. Form or class?

    European Ryder Cup wildcard picks (14:00 BST)

    "Traditionally you picked on class," Padraig Harrington, one of Bjorn's vice-captains and a former European player, told BBC golf podcast The Cut.

    "But I think the last Ryder Cup proved that experience is not always best. The experienced players last time did not play as well as the rookies.

    "Now a bigger consideration, no doubt, is given to form."