Europe’s automatic qualifiers confirmed

The nine automatic qualifiers for the European Ryder Cup Team bound for Hazeltine have been named and captain Darren Clarke is optimistic about what he has to work with.

Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson and Chris Wood gained qualification as the current top four players on the Ryder Cup European Points List while Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andy Sullivan and Matt Fitzpatrick were the golfers who made the grade from the Ryder Cup World Points List.

Clarke will announce his three wild cards to complete the 12-man team on Tuesday the 30th of August however the Northern Irishman believes that the core of the group is strong.

"In the experienced corner we have the two men who have lit up the world of golf in recent weeks, Open champion Henrik Stenson and Olympic champion Justin Rose, joined by Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy who, aside from being two of the most dynamic Ryder Cup performers of recent years, are also winners this year in their own right: Sergio in the US and Rory in Europe," he said.

"In the rookies’ corner, it is very rare you begin any such list with the reigning Masters champion but we are fortunate to do just that with Danny Willett, while Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood bring a mixture of consistency and success that any Ryder Cup captain looks for over the course of a qualification campaign.

"Now no-one else can force their way into the nine automatic spots, I am delighted to have two tournaments this week, the Made in Denmark tournament in Europe and The Barclays tournament in the US, to assess the form of potential players to fill the three Wild Card spots."