The Ryder Cup 2016: a closer look at the European team

In just twenty days from now, the 41st Ryder Cup will tee off at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. The European team's 12 player listing was completed when Captain Darren Clarke announced his three wildcard picks, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup debutant Thomas Pieters. With the addition of Thomas Pieters, the European team now includes six rookies. By contrast, Brooks Koepka is the only player of the top 8 American qualifiers with no previous Ryder Cup experience. Meet the European Ryder Cup team:
1.Rafa Cabrera Bello
Spains-Rafael-Cabrera-Bel-001 Nationality: Spainish Age: 32 OWGR: 27 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 0 European Tour victories: 2 Major championship victories: 0
2.Matthew Fitzpatrick
Nationality: English Age: 22 when the matches begin OWGR: 48 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 0 European Tour victories: 2 Major championship victories: 0
3. Sergio Garcia
Nationality: Spainish Age: 36 OWGR: 12 Ryder Cup appearances: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 18-9-5 PGA Tour victories: 9 European Tour victories: 11 Major championship victories: 0
4. Martin Kaymer (Captain's Pick)
Nationality: German Age: 31 OWGR: 50 Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 4-3-3 PGA Tour victories: 3 European Tour victories: 11 Major championship victories: PGA Championship (2010); U.S. Open (2014)
5. Rory McIlroy
Nationality: Northern Irish Age: 27 OWGR: 5 Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 6-4-4 PGA Tour victories: 11 European Tour victories: 13 Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2011); Open Championship (2014); PGA Championship (2012, 2014)
6. Thomas Pieters (Captain's Pick)
Nationality: Belgian Age: 24 OWGR: 41 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 0 European Tour victories: 3 Major championship victories: 0
7. Justin Rose
Nationality: English Age: 36 OWGR: 10 Ryder Cup appearances: 2008, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2 PGA Tour victories: 7 European Tour victories: 9 Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2013)
8. Henrik Stenson
Nationality: Sweedish Age: 40 OWGR: 4 Ryder Cup appearances: 2006, 2008, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2 PGA Tour victories: 5 European Tour victories: 11 Major championship victories: Open Championship (2016)
9. Andy Sullivan
Nationality: English Age: 29 OWGR: 42 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 0 European Tour victories: 3 Major championship victories: 0
10.Lee Westwood (Captain's Pick)
Nationality: English Age: 43 OWGR: 46 Ryder Cup appearances: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 Ryder Cup record: 20-15-6 PGA Tour victories: 2 European Tour victories: 23 Major championship victories: 0
11. Danny Willett
Nationality: English Age: 28 OWGR: 11 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 1 European Tour victories: 5 Major championship victories: Masters (2016)
12.Chris Wood
Nationality: English Age: 28 OWGR: 28 Ryder Cup appearances: Debut Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0 PGA Tour victories: 0 European Tour victories: 3 Major championship victories: 0 Posted on: 2016 Sep 6 Tue
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