Olazabal explains his Ryder Cup wildcard picks

Updated: August 27, 2012

Olazabal told reporters today why Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts were selected ahead of the rest for his European Ryder Cup team.

The Ryder Cup captain favoured Englishman Poulter and Belgian Colsaerts ahead of distinguished major performers such as Padraig Harrington and Thomas Bjorn.

The Spaniard was adamant that he chose the best players available for the job and speaking at a press conference in Gleneagles today he spoke of his admiration of both players.

“He (Poulter) has a great Ryder Cup record and I think playing the tournament gets the best out of him,” said Olazabal.
“I have shared moments in the Ryder Cup with Ian, such as Valhalla and Celtic Manor and I know he will do a good job.”
And speaking of Ryder Cup debutant Colsaerts, the 46-year old said: “He’s a rookie, but his matchplay is very good. He has made an extra effort to make the team this year, how he has played. He will do well.”

Olazabal also spoke of the pain Irishman Harrington would be feeling and he sympathised with his own decision.
“I talked to Padraig last night on the phone, I have been in that position. I know, it is not easy and it is not nice but I think he and the other players took the news well.”

The 2012 Ryder Cup will take place from 28-30 September at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

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