“I said all week at Wentworth that Lowry deserved a pick because he’s been one of the top Europeans all summer and has the pedigree of a major champion”; the Ryder Cup 2020 will be from September 24-26.
Paul McGinley looks back on a memorable Ryder Cup qualifying campaign at the BMW PGA Championship and looks ahead to Padraig Harrington’s European team in Wisconsin.
We discussed the intricate scenarios that could have transpired in the Ryder Cup qualification battle going into the last day of the BMW PGA Championship, and that’s exactly what happened.
Bernd Wiesberger had a good chance of making the team, and Shane Lowry had a good chance of making the top eight. Lowry was unable to do so, and as a result, Lee Westwood was able to keep his spot, putting him in the hazardous situation of having to rely on a pick.
That was made much more difficult by the fact that he was competing against Justin Rose, a quick finisher with a long resume. Given that Harrington had made it obvious over the summer that Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter would almost certainly be selected, it appeared to be a head-to-head competition between Lowry and Rose.
With the possibilities he had, I believe the players Harrington chose were his favourites. Rose was definitely unlucky not to make that team, but circumstances conspired against him at the end of the competition, and he was ultimately denied a spot.
Lowry deserves a pick all week at Wentworth, as he has been one of the top Europeans this summer and has the pedigree of a major champion, and Whistling Straits is a golf course that should suit him. Rose is coming into form at the ideal time, and I wish I could have taken him, but with only three picks, his alternatives were restricted.
I believe you’re looking at two quite different teams. Garcia and Poulter were chosen as players who had performed and delivered points away from home, with Harrington placing a strong emphasis on experience.
Harrington discussed the need of assembling a team that is well-suited to the golf course. Whistling Straits is a long golf course with the possibility of bad weather, but he believes he has a team of ball strikers up to the task.
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