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Game Wrap: Brewers defeat Dodgers, lead NLCS 2-1


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Ryder Cup wildcard odds: Who will Thomas Bjorn name as captain’s picks for Team Europe?

Thorbjorn Olesen claimed the eighth and final automatic spot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team as he finished tied 20th at the Made in Denmark tournament over the weekend.

The home favourite carded a last-round 68 to finish on 11 under par but more importantly, as far as he was concerned, Matthew Fitzpatrick did not win the title.

Going into the final round, England’s Fitzpatrick was the only player who could have denied the in-form Olesen his Ryder Cup debut, but he could not mount a charge to victory.

Englishman Matt Wallace won the crown, his third of the year on the European Tour, after prevailing in a four-man play-off with Ryder Cup vice-captain Lee Westwood, Jonathan Thompson and Steven Brown.

Wallace birdied the second play-off hole to claim the title and push himself into contention for one of the four wildcard picks to be announced by Bjorn.

“I’ve stepped up to the mark and I’ve shown him exactly what I’m about,” Wallace said.

“If he doesn’t pick me, then that’s absolutely fine but if he does, he knows he’s going to get exactly that in his team.”

Open champion Francesco Molinari, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and the 2017 Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood all qualified for the Ryder Cup via the European Points list.

Olesen claimed his place via the World Points List alongside world number five Jon Rahm, four-times major winner Rory McIlroy and 10-times European Tour winner Alex Noren of Sweden.

When is the Ryder Cup?

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be staged in Paris, France, at Le Golf National.

The golf showpiece will get underway on September 28 and conclude on September 30.

When is the Europe Ryder Cup team announced?

Captain Bjorn has been busy mulling over his four wildcard selections which he will announce on Wednesday, September 5 at 2pm BST.

Fans will be able to watch the announcement live on Sky Sports Golf or stream it via the Sky Go app.

Ryder Cup wildcard odds – Who are the favourites?

Ian Poulter 1/40

Henrik Stenson 1/12

Paul Casey 2/7

Matt Wallace 8/11

Sergio Garcia 5/6

Rafa Cabrera Bello 13/8

Thomas Pieters 7/2

Matthew Fitzpatrick 9/1

Russell Knox 14/1

Lee Westwood 18/1

Eddie Pepperell 25/1

(Odds from Betfair)


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