Stephen Gallacher will compete in the Ryder Cup in his native Scotland at Gleneagles on Sept. 26-28.
The 39-year-old needed a captain's pick to play in his first Ryder Cup, and he earned it. Sparked by a win in in Dubai in early February, Gallacher added four top fives, including a solo third in Italy on Sunday. "It’s massive for me and my family," he said. "It’s been a goal all my career to play in the Ryder Cup and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday. On Sunday I had mixed emotions. I was delighted with the way I played but disappointed not to have made the team automatically. I knew there were other great players in with a shout of getting a pick, so I really didn't know what was going to happen. I’m just glad it all turned out okay in the end." Gallacher's résumé includes three World Cups, one Seve Trophy and one Royal Trophy. He was also a Walker Cupper in 1995. Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will now await counterpart Tom Watson's trio of selections to be announced at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Lee Westwood will participate in his ninth Ryder Cup thanks to receiving one of captain Paul McGinley's three picks.
Westwood failed to climb out of the first round of the FedExCup Playoffs, but he's a stalwart in the competition, having donned the European colors in every edition since 1997. This year's at Gleneagles in Scotland on Sept. 26-28 will be his ninth. "I’m obviously delighted," he said. "The Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday but when Paul rang with the good news I was relieved. I’ve played a lot better in the last month and a half and I’ve been showing some form and giving Paul a reason to pick me. I’m delighted and honored to be representing Europe again." Westwood is 18-13-7 overall and a member of six winning squads.
Ian Poulter received a captain's pick to compete in the Ryder Cup in Scotland on Sept. 26-28.
Despite his form, this was as foregone a conclusion as there's ever been with the selections following automatic qualifying. Captain Paul McGinley may not have wanted to burn a captain's pick on the Brit, but that Poulter needed one is the reason why the picks exist. "I’m absolutely thrilled," Poulter said. "To get the call was amazing. I can’t wait for Gleneagles. It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m proud to be a pick. The Ryder Cup means a lot to me and I can’t wait. It’s always difficult to make a Ryder Cup team and this one was no different. Paul had a very difficult decision with some fantastic players to pick from." Poulter owns a staggering 12-3-0 record in four previous appearances in the biennial competition. He's 4-0-0 in singles.
Mark Anderson is planning on returning to competition in October.
Anderson responded to a question on Twitter about his playing status. His response: "ill [sic] be back playing in October. Can't get here soon enough." He hasn't pegged it for real since mid-May due to falling off a ladder. The assumption is that he'll receive a medical extension in the reshuffle category at best, but he may be slapped with a Minor Medical instead. We'll relay the terms when they're announced. After opening the 2013-14 season with five missed cuts, Anderson cashed in his last three and finished 212th in the FedExCup standings.
The European Ryder Cup team has its first nine members for the biennial competition on Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Automatic qualifying ended this weekend for the defending champions. The first four were plucked of the European Points List comprised of earnings. In order, they are: Rory McIlroy (third appearance); Henrik Stenson (third); Victor Dubuisson (rookie); Jamie Donaldson (rookie). The next five not already eligible were chosen in order off the World Points List comprised of Official World Golf Ranking points: Sergio Garcia (seventh appearance); Justin Rose (third); Martin Kaymer (third); Thomas Björn (third); Graeme McDowell (fourth). European captain Paul McGinley will announce his three captain's selections on Tuesday. Later in the day, American captain Tom Watson will round out the U.S. squad will three picks of his own.
Ian Poulter fired a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to tie for 23rd at 7-under 277, failing to crack the top 70 in the FedExCup Standings.
With only the top 70 advancing to the BMW Championship, Poulter's season came to an end at TPC Boston. He finished 78th in the FedExCup standings. The others that failed to advance are: Robert Streb (71st); Ryo Ishikawa (72nd); Jason Kokrak (73rd); David Hearn (74th); Justin Hicks (75th); Ben Martin (76th); Scott Langley (77th); Brendon Steele (79th); Stewart Cink (80th); Bo Van Pelt (81st); Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (82nd); Shawn Stefani (83rd); Scott Stallings (84th); Scott Brown (85th); Brandt Snedeker (86th); Vijay Singh (87th); Danny Lee (88th); Luke Donald (89th); Jason Dufner (90th); Brendon de Jonge (91st); Jeff Overton (92nd); Michael Putnam (93rd); Andrew Svoboda (94th); Paul Casey (95th); John Huh (96th); Billy Hurley III (97th); Pat Perez (98th); Robert Garrigus (99th); Andres Romero (100th).
Webb Simpson turned in an even-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to share ninth at 9-under 275.
Simpson was trying to make one last impression on Tom Watson ahead of the announcement of Ryder Cup captain's picks on Tuesday, but he was unable to mount a charge. His two birdies both occurred from inside four feet and each were erased by a pair of bogeys. He will now keep his cell phone charged and hope for the best.
Rory McIlroy fell flat in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to the tune of a 1-under-par 35-35=70 and shared fifth place at 11-under 273.
There were many ready to hand McIlroy the trophy following his third-round 64, but the Ulsterman failed to produce on Monday. While his five birdies were impressive, he stubbed his toe for four bogeys at TPC Boston. Though he found 13 GIR, he lost .616 strokes with the flat stick and all of his birdies were from close range. Expect him to bounce back and be a factor at the BMW Championship next week.