Thomas Bjorn almost there with wildcard picks


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Thomas Bjorn says that he has almost made up his mind about his wildcard picks for the Ryder Cup with just one doubt remaining.

The Europe team captain will announce the four names on Wednesday who will join the rest of the team to attend at Le Golf National later this month as Europe attempt to win back the Ryder Cup which was won by the USA on home soil two years ago.

Thorbjorn Olesen was the final player to secure automatic qualification at the weekend and he joins Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Alex Noren as the players definitely competing.

Bjorn told Sky Sports that he was almost sure of the other names who will be added on Wednesday.

He said: “I’m pretty set on two or three names. We’ve still got a bit of discussion to do and a bit of golf to watch in America over the next few days and then we’ll see.

“I’m pretty much there in my head of how I see this team being and how I want to try and mix and match everyone, but there’s still one little doubt in my head.”

The European captain was also keen to dismiss his team’s relative lack of experience in the tournament. Of the eight who have qualified automatically five have never played the Ryder Cup before but Bjorn had confidence in them.

“When you start looking at those eight, it’s a really strong team,” he added.

“There are a few newcomers in there but lots of strong names and people I have a lot of trust in.

“This is an exciting European team and I’m really looking forward to be with this group of players. It’s nice to see that it’s coming around quick and I hope we can do Europe proud.”

Europe are 2.15 to win the Ryder Cup 2018 with the USA 1.80 while a draw is priced at 11.00

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