Ryder Cup: Will Luke Donald Be a Wildcard Pick for Europe?

August 29, 2016

Rumors that Luke Donald will be a wildcard pick for Team Europe in this year’s Ryder Cup led to betting on Donald being suspended on Monday, after odds on the prospect went from 5/2 to 1/100.

Although Donald is fairly far down the points list for the Ryder Cup, some now believe it’s likely that Team Europe captain Darren Clarke will choose Donald to round out the squad, which is heavy on rookies this year. Donald has competed in four Ryder Cups and has a stellar record in the tournament, dating back to 2004. He hasn’t had his best season in 2016, though, especially in the majors: he missed the Masters entirely, and missed the cut in the PGA and the U.S. Open. He finished T43 in the British Open.

The choice of Donald, while a win for adding experience to Team Europe, comes at the expense of Thomas Pieters, who hoped that his recent win in Denmark and fourth place finish at the Olympics would catapult him to the top of Clarke’s short list. Pieters, who is 24, came close to automatically qualifying for the team on points alone,

Clarke will announce his three wildcard picks tomorrow. In addition to Donald, the list is expected to include Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood.