Tommy Fleetwood appears to have let slip two picks in Ryder Cup team

Tommy Fleetwood reveals a couple of names he thinks will receive picks in the European Ryder Cup team. 

Tommy Fleetwood appears to have let slip two picks in Ryder Cup team

Tommy Fleetwood would appear to have revealed a couple of picks in the European Ryder Cup team following an interview with Square Mile. 

Fleetwood was asked if he had his eye on any potential rookies to make up Luke Donald's European Ryder Cup team.

The Englishman discussed Bob MacIntyre, who is currently going to take the final automatic spot in the team providing results remain the same at the Omega European Masters this week. 

That is the final counting event before Donald reveals his team in full on Monday. 

Fleetwood then mentioned Sepp Straka and Adrian Meronk as two rookies he expects to fill Donald's six picks. 

"I think some guys have shown a lot of form for Europe," Fleetwood told Square Mile

"You look at Sepp Straka, he’s been playing great. Bob MacIntyre is qualifying for the team at the moment, having finished second in his home Open in Scotland, and somebody like Adrian Meronk who’s been playing great all year and he’s won on Marco Simone.

"We definitely have exciting strong rookies again, which is going to be so crucial."

Tommy Fleetwood appears to have let slip two picks in Ryder Cup team

Meronk could force MacIntyre out of the automatic places should he go on to finish T2 or better this week. 

The giant Pole won the Italian Open at this month's Ryder Cup venue, Marco Simone, which only goes to increase his popularity.

Straka on the other hand finished inside the top 30 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, which will likely see him earn a pick in the team. 

Interestingly, Fleetwood did not mention Ludvig Aberg as one of the potential rookies in the European Ryder Cup team.

One PGA Tour pro has urged Donald to take Aberg to the Ryder Cup.

He calls it a "no brainer".

Tommy Fleetwood appears to have let slip two picks in Ryder Cup team

As it stands, these are the six players automatically in the European Team: 

Q indicates already qualified 

Top 3 from European Points List
Top 3 from World Points List

Fleetwood is currently in the automatic positions but he is likely to be pushed out as a result of Matt Fitzpatrick leading in Switzerland as it stands. 

Fitzpatrick needs to finish T7 or better at the European Masters to edge Fleetwood for the final automatic place in the team.

However, either way, Fleetwood knows he will receive a wildcard pick should he need one no matter what happens this week.

Shane Lowry and Justin Rose will also receive wildcards, you would fully expect. 

Tommy Fleetwood appears to have let slip two picks in Ryder Cup team

Fleetwood, who is taking some time out before heading into the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in two weeks time, was also asked about his thoughts on the United States Ryder Cup team ahead of the biennial clash at Marco Simone Golf Club.

Team USA is bidding to win the Ryder Cup for the first time on European soil since 1993. 

Fleetwood and the rest of Team Europe know the strength in depth of the stars and stripes, especially having been on the receiving end of a 19-9 record defeat Whistling Straits last time out.

But he admits Team Europe are solely focusing on themselves in the build up.

Fleetwood said:

"Honestly, I can’t even remember one conversation that we’ve had about the American team.
"I think we’re very focused on ourselves, but it’s interesting. The last two or three Ryder cups, the Team USA has been so, so strong and you look at American golf in general, which is still unbelievably strong, but two years is such a long time.
"You look at their team from the last Ryder Cup and I think everybody thought that it would be almost the exact same 12 guys because they were so strong. But over the last few months that’s changed quite dramatically."

United States captain Zach Johnson revealed his six captain's picks on Tuesday this week. 

The six captain's picks were: 

They now join: 

European Ryder Cup legend Lee Westwood has questioned Johnson over his picks.

Tiger Woods' former long-time coach Hank Haney has also hit out at Johnson favouring the 'Boys Club' with his wildcards. 


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