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2012 European Ryder Cup team - Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts picked

Ian Poulter has been named as a wild-card pick for the 2012 European Ryder Cup team (credit: Getty Images)
Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts have been named as the two European Ryder Cup team wild-card picks by Jose Maria Olazabal.

Colsaerts will be the only uncapped player in Europe's side next month at Medinah, where he will become the first Belgian to play in the competition.

It was no surprise that Poulter received the other wild-card from captain Olazabal at Gleneagles and Padraig Harrington, a member of the last six sides, left out.

While Harrington has won only two of his last 13 cup games, Poulter has won seven of his last eight and Olazabal has rewarded the two players who came closest to making the team on points.

Poulter finished 11th on the table and Colsaerts 12th. Harrington was down in 19th place.

Until Sergio Garcia won in America last Monday, Poulter was in position to qualify by right and Colsaerts, winner of the Volvo World Match Play title in Spain in May, would have made it with a closing 66 in the Johnnie Walker Championship on Sunday.

The 29-year-old from Brussels, who only three years ago stood 1,305th in the world, shot 72, but Olazabal had seen enough.

For the match at Medinah, near Chicago, from September 28-30, Europe will parade eight of the side that won by a single point at Celtic Manor two years ago - Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, match-winner Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer.

Justin Rose and Garcia are back after failing to keep their places last time and 43-year-old Paul Lawrie earns his second cap a remarkable 13 years after his first.

Olazabal could have become the first captain on either side to lead out a team without a single debutant in it since the very first contest in 1927.

But three-time Major winner Harrington, given a wild-card by Colin Montgomerie two years ago, failed to make it despite finishing eighth in the Masters and fourth in the US Open this year.

Olazabal insisted his decision would have nothing to do with a dispute he had with the Dubliner nine years ago, but it made life a lot easier for him when Harrington fell out of contention at The Barclays tournament in New York this weekend.

Before this year Colsaerts had played in only two Majors and missed the cut in both of them, but in finishing seventh at The Open last month he started and finished with rounds of 65.

The Match Play victory was the big one though. He beat three of his new team-mates - Rose, Lawrie and then in the final McDowell - as well as Brandt Snedeker to succeed Poulter as champion.

He is the biggest hitter in European golf and that also played its part in Olazabal's decision after his visit to Medinah two weeks ago.

Europe are a best-priced 6/4 with BetVictor to win the Ryder Cup matches, with the United States 5/6 at Sky Bet to regain the trophy and the tie 11/1.

2012 European Ryder Cup team 

1 Rory McIlroy

2 Justin Rose

3 Graeme McDowell

4 Paul Lawrie

5 Francesco Molinari

6 Luke Donald

7 Lee Westwood

8 Sergio Garcia

9 Peter Hanson

10 Martin Kaymer

11 Ian Poulter

12 Nicolas Colsaerts
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