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Casey and Poulter earn Ryder Cup Captain's Picks
European Team Captain Nick Faldo has selected Paul Casey and Ian Poulter to join the ten automatic qualifiers who will head to America and the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky seeking to win The Ryder Cup for the fourth successive match.
Casey and Poulter join Sergio Garcia, Soren Hansen, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Robert Karlsson; Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson in the 12-man Team looking to continue Europe's recent domination of The Ryder Cup.
Speaking at a Ryder Cup Media Conference at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, following the conclusion of the Johnnie Walker Championship, Faldo explained the reasons for selecting Casey and Poulter.
He said: "I've been watching these guys through the summer, and Ian is obviously a very determined guy. I love his attitude and obviously what he did at The Open Championship. That back nine he played with the intention to win, and he had that emotional feeling, rather than just finishing second.
"He had that putt that I'm sure for those few moments he felt that was to win an Open Championship. So, you know, coupled with his stats, he's the leading playing in the world who is not in the Team in the World Rankings, so you know, those are just a few reasons.
"And then Paul Casey, I've been watching Paul play in my role now on television, I've become a bit of a stat man, and tee to green Paul has been playing absolutely the best through this summer and through the Majors, and I was kind of waiting for the putting to turn around.
"You know, in the last few weeks, he's been very much close to being number one in putting averages through the week. So that's been very important. And obviously former World Match Play Champion and extremely good record in Ryder Cup from his past Ryder Cups and even Walker Cups going way back. I feel very good about those two picks."