Ludvig Aberg, Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Sepp Straka have been named as Luke Donald’s six captain’s picks; Workforce Europe to host Workforce USA in Rome from September 29-October 1 dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 04/09/23 10:07pm
Hear from the six gamers that Ryder Cup Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald has chosen as his captain’s picks to play towards the USA in Rome later this month.
Ludvig Aberg will make his Ryder Cup debut for Workforce Europe, lower than 4 months into his skilled profession, after being named as certainly one of Luke Donald’s six captain’s picks.
The six automated qualifiers have been confirmed after Sunday’s Omega European Masters, with Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Robert MacIntyre qualifying by way of the European Factors Checklist and Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick incomes their spots by way of the World Factors Checklist.
Donald then confirmed his six wildcard alternatives in a particular dwell programme at Sky Studios on Monday, the place Aberg was introduced alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Sepp Straka to finish Europe’s line-up.
Aberg shall be certainly one of 4 rookies in Donald’s staff at Marco Simone Golf Membership from September 29-October 1, dwell on Sky Sports activities, the place Europe shall be trying to regain the trophy after a record-breaking defeat to Workforce USA in 2021.
The Swede, who solely joined the paid ranks in June after a powerful novice profession, strengthened his hopes when he marked his ninth occasion as knowledgeable with a powerful two-shot victory and maiden DP World Tour title in Switzerland on Sunday.
Highlights from the fourth spherical of the Omega European Masters on the Golf-Membership Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland
Aberg carded a final-round 64 at Crans-sur-Sierre to complete two strokes away from Alexander Bjork, with the win lifting him contained in the world’s high 100 and making a large enough assertion to earn him a shock look for Workforce Europe.
Fleetwood returns for a 3rd consecutive look after narrowly lacking out on automated qualification by way of the World Factors Checklist, with the Englishman profitable 4 factors for Europe of their 2018 victory at Le Golf Nationwide.
Lowry is included regardless of solely registering one worldwide high 10 since his victory on the BMW PGA Championship final September, though did publish three top-20 finishes in main his yr, whereas Rose returns to the European line-up after lacking out on a captain’s choose within the 2021 contest.
Hojgaard makes his maiden look after top-five finishes in his final two DP World Tour begins, with the Dane a former winner of the DS Cars Italian Open – held on the identical venue because the Ryder Cup – in 2021.
Straka gained the John Deere Traditional and completed runner-up at The Open in July, with the Austrian handed a Ryder Cup debut after a powerful season on the PGA Tour, whereas Adrian Meronk narrowly missed out regardless of profitable the Italian Open earlier this season.
Donald: Aberg a ‘generational participant’
Aberg will make the quickest transition from the novice sport to the Ryder Cup within the occasion’s historical past, eclipsing Sergio Garcia’s document in 1999, with Donald excited by the Swede’s potential.
Workforce Europe captain Luke Donald reveals why Ludvig Aberg was chosen as certainly one of his six picks to finish his Ryder Cup line up.
“Ludvig is a generational participant, he’ll be round a very long time and completed superb issues,” Donald advised Sky Sports activities. “If he did not make this one he’d be round for the following eight Ryder Cups, that is how good I believe he’s.
“He is such a cool cucumber, goes about his enterprise so simply, has an effective way about him and hits a few of the most superb pictures. If you happen to have a look at stats this yr, he’d be the No 1 driver on the earth forward of McIlroy and Scheffler – that is fairly excessive requirements.”
Talking about Aberg, Donald added: “We clearly knew what he was doing within the school scene. You have a look at what he did in these 4 years and the one comparables actually have been Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm. He’s that good.
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“I performed with him in Detroit and was blown away by his sport. He continued to impress and I challenged him to come back over to Europe and play a pair (of occasions). He was fifth (tied fourth) within the Czech Masters and you recognize what he did yesterday. It was like a stroll within the park for him and for somebody that’s so inexperienced it was simply so, so spectacular.”
What about Workforce USA?
World No 1 Scottie Scheffler topped the USA Ryder Cup rankings forward of Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman, the 2 most up-to-date main winners, whereas Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele accomplished the automated qualifiers.
Zach Johnson then named his six captain’s picks on August 29, with Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas finishing their line-up.
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