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Ryder Cup 2018: Justin Rose sends warning to Europe captain Thomas Bjorn

Bjorn already has five rookies rookies in his team – Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Four of the five are within in the top-25 on the World Rankings and with Olesen, who secured the final automatic qualfying place on Sunday, presently ranked 40th.

Bjorn will confirm the full 12-man make-up of his side by naming his four ‘wildcard’ picks at 2pm Wednesday.

Among the ‘rookies’ strongly vying for selection is England’s Matthew Wallace who staked his claim with a brilliant play-off success last Sunday in Denmark. It was Wallace’s third win this year in 15 European Tour events this year.

However Rose, and a veteran of five Ryder Cups, has warned Bjorn in taking more than five ‘rookies’ to France given Darren Clarke had five rookies in his hapless 2016 Hazeltine losing team.

“Thomas now also has five rookies in his team but I would say there is a rookie and there is a rookie. You have guys like Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Tyrrell and now Thorbjorn,” said Rose after muscling his way second place in Monday’s concluding Dell Technologies Championship in Boston.

“But they are quality top-10 world class players in the world so it’s hard to call them rookies.

“So it’s going to be a big factor for Thomas knowing he already has four rookies in the side as we had five at Hazeltine and that proved too many and that is something Thomas is going to have to weigh-up.”

And the 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner reckons he would rather be in Jim Furyk’s ‘wildcard’ selection shoes this coming week rather than Bjorn’s.

Furyk will name three of his four Versailles picks at 10pm UK time Tuesday.

It looks a mere formality for Furyk in naming Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and a resurgent Tiger Woods.

The trio finished a respective ninth, 10th and 11th and the USA Team points table and with DeChambeau capturing a third PGA Tour event in nine starts, and also a second in succession, posting a closing Boston round of 67 to win by two shots at 16-under par.

But unlike his USA rival, Bjorn faces a far tougher decision with a pool of some six players to select four players including whether to select struggling Spaniard and last year’s Masters winner, Sergio Garcia.

“The way I see it at the present moment in time is that Jim has more players in form but then three weeks in golf is a long time,” said Rose.

“Jim has guys like Tiger, Phil, Tony Finau and Bryson who are in form and that makes it a little easier.

“Tiger’s shown enough to earn a pick. Phil’s shown enough and Bryson finishing ninth on the table and one spot from selection and wins in the manner he’s done these past two weeks, I can’t see why he won’t be picked.

“As for the European picks it is going to be tricky for Thomas because does it come down to who he chooses of the Spanish guys. Does he go for Rafa or does he pick Sergio.

“Sergio has not given Thomas much to work with by not playing, so we will have to wait and see.”

And Rose was delighted Olesen qualified automatically and in the process taking a lot of pressure of his now European Captain and fellow Dane’s shoulders.

“We all know how close Thorbjorn is with Thomas and with Thomas being the captain there was a lot of pressure on Thorbjorn’s shoulders to make the team and he’s done that,” said Rose.

“Thorbjorn also knew that Thomas did not want to pick him simply because Thomas did not want to be seen to have any favourites and Thomas really wanted Thorbjorn to go out and do it himself.

“He pulled through for Thomas and I am so happy for him.”


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