European Ryder Cup team: latest positions
How our team for Medinah is shaping up
While Davis Love suddenly appears to be
the captain with most to shout about following Major wins for Bubba
Watson and Webb Simpson this year, his opposite number Jose Maria
Olazabal will still be quietly confident.
It is not exactly as though his top men
are out of form and while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood's ongoing
failure to win a Major their continued excellence would suggest is
deserved is a frustration, both are in winning form.
With two months to go until the team is
finalised, Rory McIlroy leads the way and his place is assured.
Behind him in the European points list
that will supply the first five players, it is still up for grabs
with Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer
currently the men in position.
Rose and McDowell are also well
positioned in the World points list so they can begin to prepare for
a second and third Ryder Cup appearance respectively.
Also in a strong position in that list,
to the point of being unassailable, are Westwood and Donald.
Five players are pretty much guaranteed a place in the Europe team
So that is five players pretty much
guaranteed a place in a team where 10 qualify and the captain adds
only two wild cards.
Lawrie and Kaymer are the next closest,
with Peter Hanson's consistent excellence likely to count in his
As for the remaining four spots,
contenders include the likes of Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ian
Poulter, Francesco Molinari and Thomas Bjorn.
Looking back to the team that regained
the cup at Celtic Manor in October 2010, that leaves Padraig
Harrington (on the radar but with a lot to do), Edoardo Molinari
(nowhere to be seen), Miguel Angel Jimenez (world ranking slipping) and Ross Fisher (better recent form but a long way back) in grave
danger of missing out.