2 Sep 2008

Faldo draws mixed reviews over wildcard picks

11:00 am on 2 September 2008

Europe's golf captain has triggered widespread surprise over two omissions from his Ryder Cup team.

Nick Faldo selected Britons Paul Casey and Ian Poulter as his wildcards ahead of Darren Clarke and Carl Pettersson.

Clarke is a double champion on the European Tour this season and had been widely viewed as a near-certainty to play the USA again while Sweden's Pettersson won a third PGA Tour title two weeks ago.

Faldo conceded Clarke had come agonisingly close to a sixth Ryder Cup appearance but was vague about Pettersson, saying it was hard to please everyone.

Europe is aiming for a sixth victory in seven tournaments when the Cup is contested in Louisville, Kentucky from the 19th till the 21st of September.