Donald, Westwood and Poulter vying for two Ryder Cup places

Luke Donald

Luke Donald

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LUKE Donald will find out today if he has made Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The High Wycombe golf star hasn't made the team automatically and is relying on a wild card pick from captain Paul McGinley, due to be announced at 12.30.

Donald has played in four Ryder Cups, playing a leading role in helping Europe to victory on each occasion.

However, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are also vying with him for a pick - as is Scot Stephen Gallacher, who missed out on earning an automatic selection by a single shot with an heroic 65 at the Italian Open on Sunday.

That shot him up to third, but he needed to finish second to earn his place in McGinley's team.

His effort is still expected to be enough to convince McGinley though, leaving Donald, Westwood and Poulter fighting for the two remaining places.

McGinley said: "There’s a lot of stats to be looked at and in the cold light of day, I’ll sit down with the vice-captains and we’ll assess everything and come up with three picks that are going to add to what is already an incredibly strong nine players.”

The Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles from September 26-28.

The nine European players confirmed are: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donalds, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell.

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