Lifelines for Colsaerts and Poulter
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has selected Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wildcards for the Ryder Cup.
England's Poulter will be appearing at his fourth event, while Colsaerts of Belgium will make his debut in Chicago. The pair join the 10 automatic choices made up of the top five from a list based on ranking points won in European Tour events, followed by the next best five on the world rankings. Those players are Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer. "I am living proof if you want something badly, put the work in and have passion, it can happen," Colsaerts said. "It has been a fairy story. It is something I have wanted since I was a little kid. To be part of such a big team for a captain with such good history is something I'm very proud of." Poulter said: "I'm thrilled. To get the call last night from Jose was a great moment. I want to pour some passion over the 18 holes at Medinah like I know best." The Ryder Cup will take place at Medinah from September 28-30.