Jose Maria Olazabal now knows his Ryder Cup team, but it does not change his view about next month’s match in Chicago.
“I’ve always said that I don’t see any favourites in this Ryder Cup,” said Olazabal after naming England’s Ian Poulter and uncapped Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wild cards.
“Both teams are very strong. The US team is always strong and we are going to have to play really well.”
Olazabal’s counterpart, Davis Love, has another week to decide his four wild cards, but things only became more difficult for him at the weekend.
Until the first of the FedEx Cup play-off events Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan looked near-certainties, but then Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker finished first and second at The Barclays and another impressive performance in Boston starting on Friday could make the difference.
What is counting against Watney and Snedeker is that Love already has three rookies in US Open champion Webb Simpson, last year’s USPGA winner Keegan Bradley, and Jason Dufner.
Olazabal, on the other hand, has 11 players with cup experience plus this year’s Volvo World Match Play champion Colsaerts, who only three years ago was ranked 1305th in the world.