Ryder Cup 2018: Ian Poulter and Paul Casey to rely on a Europe wildcard selection

The Englishmen both failed to make sufficient ground up in the Northern Trust Open won by America’s Bryson DeChambeau at the weekend and with neither man involved in this week’s final qualifying event, their fate will rest in Bjorn’s hands as he chews over his line-up for Paris next month.

Both men should feel quietly confident with four picks at Bjorn’s disposal – Poulter’s Ryder Cup record goes before him and the captain was one of those who helped to persuade Casey to make himself available for Europe again.

But with Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson – who returns to action in the United States on Friday after an elbow injury – and World No 30 Rafa Cabrera-Bello also relying on the captain’s largesse, it is not a done deal.

There is also Thomas Pieters, who set a scoring record for a rookie on his debut in Hazeltine two years ago, to consider.

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