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Dermot Gilleece

Not for the first time there has been a strong Irish involvement in the knife-edge selection for the Ryder Cup. Only this time it is the European captain Pádraig Harrington who is in the thick of it.

In this context, Shane Lowry fulfilled his friend’s command by producing a suitable golf, which was warmly approved by 25,000 spectators who enjoyed wonderful conditions. An eight-footer on the treacherous 18th delivered his 15th birdie of the tournament in an admirable 69, leaving him three shots behind Italian surprise debutant Francesco Laporte.

“Mayo for Sam!” Lowry completed an post-round interview with SkySports before watching the All-Ireland final on television. “People at home will understand.”

Whether he prefers the team as an automatic choice or as a captain choice, he added, “I really don’t care if I’m on that plane to Milwaukee. I fought hard to get there. ”

Wentworth’s famous area as the venue for this final test is quite a change from a time when these things were being decided in Germany. There, Christy O’Connor Jr. was overlooked for the 1985 team and surprisingly remembered it four years later.

But the biggest shock came in 1991 in Düsseldorf, when Eamonn Darcy was eliminated from the German Open because he felt he had done enough. In an extraordinary turn of events, three players overtook him in the official leaderboard and he was pushed out of the top 9 and out of the team by a margin of £ 58.

It could be that Sergio Garcia could take a similar risk this time around has been received. The restoration of a once seriously broken relationship between these rookies from the 1999 Brookline team can be seen in Harrington’s comment: “If he’s on my team, I guarantee Sergio will start on Friday morning.”

Coincidentally, he was playing Spaniards on Friday morning in Paris 2018 not. However, when Harrington seemed benevolent in his absence from Wentworth, the Dubliner cunningly added, “There is some risk in it,” doesn’t it? “Get the best analysis and comment on the GAA with our free newsletter Allianz leagues, the Rainbow Cup in rugby and Rory McIlroys Revival.

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Bernd Wiesberger recently seemed to have ruined his Ryder Cup chances in Switzerland with a double bogey finish. However, given mounting pressure, Martin Kaymer continued to impress. Yesterday’s 67 for an 11-under aggregate included three birdies in the last four holes.

“I tried to be patient and wait for my chances,” he said. “I am aware of the distraction (Ryder Cup), but the easiest thing for me is to focus on the tournament and move on with each round.”

If, for example, the Wentworth form is to be recognized in the positivity of Justin Rose , the same criterion should certainly apply the other way round. Which must be bad news for Ian Poulter, who was clearly upset when he missed the cut.

As he recently proved, Poulter enjoys the particular challenge of the Ryder Cup. However, it has been nine years since he led the miracle in Medinah and at 45 the postman may no longer have the ability to deliver.

Harrington had promised his players: “As captain, I expect them Knowing each team member’s feelings and knowing what they are thinking. And in return, I’ll give you enough information about how I think. “




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