Bjorn barmy to complain about being left out

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2006, 12:00am

Thomas Bjorn called captain Ian Woosnam 'barmy' on being left out of the 12-man team for this year's Ryder Cup.

Bjorn should step back and reflect on why he was left out, because he is the one who I think is being barmy. He knew full well this was Ryder Cup year and if he was really as upset as he makes out he should have done three things to ensure he was in the team automatically: play more tournaments, win more tournaments and be more consistent throughout the qualifying year.

If you look at the 2006 team, probably Robert Karlsson, who finished in the sixth qualifying place, is the least experienced in the team (along with Henrik Stenson), but if you check out the statistics for the qualifying period, Karlsson played more tournaments than Bjorn, won more often than he did and was generally more consistent throughout the season.

Woosnam, like previous Ryder Cup captains, has the unenviable task of selecting his picks and it has been particularly difficult this time around with so many quality European players to choose from, plus he has not been helped with the sad circumstances surrounding Darren Clarke and his wife.

When I heard that Clarke was ready for the challenge and was a likely Woosnam pick it was obvious the other pick should be Lee Westwood.

Yes, Bjorn has a good record in previous cups but Clarke and Westwood have an even better record and gel together as a fantastic team.

You have to ask yourself what makes the American team quake more in their golf shoes: a Clarke/Westwood or Clarke/Bjorn combination? I think I know the answer, Woosnam was absolutely correct in his pick.

If any one of the two of them should be buying the beers I think it should be Bjorn, in an apology to Woosnam for being a cry baby and throwing his clubs out of the pram in public.

While he is at, it Bjorn may want to invite Nick Faldo along and assure him he will work to ensure automatic qualification in the 2009 Ryder Cup and not rely on being the captain's pick.

I am sure Faldo would be pleased to hear this, while Woosnam has enough to do to win the cup for Europe without having to deal with the extra baggage of Bjorn's bruised ego.

Good luck to both the European and US teams, and as in previous years let's hope for another exciting tournament.