Ryder Cup picks were trying experience: Faldo

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 September, 2008, 12:00am

Nick Faldo's spoken of the difficulty of finalising his Ryder Cups wildcard picks and has backed Darren Clarke to respond positively to his omission.

Faldo revealed on Sunday evening that Ian Poulter and Paul Casey were the two men he would be taking to Valhalla as his captain's picks.

The choice has sparked plenty of debate with many observers convinced that in-form Clarke would get the nod from the European skipper.

Faldo has admitted the task of informing Clarke, and also the likes of Colin Montgomrie, that they would not be on the plane to Kentucky was an intensely trying experience.

'Some of the things you have to do as captain, you know, we're not briefed for these things or trained,' he told Sky Sports.

'Obviously I know how to talk to golfers as a golfer, I've been there done that but telling guys who'll be emotional either way is a tough decision. It's been on my mind a long time, the last couple of weeks, this has been the big day. This is the day I wanted to get over.'

Having claimed an emphatic win in Holland a week ago, as well as another in China earlier in the season, Clarke appeared odds-on favourite for one of the two picks - especially given his excellent track record in the event. However, the 40-year-old - who has represented Europe five times in Ryder Cup competition, emerging victorious in four of them - did not make Faldo's final cut.

But the European skipper believes his decision will galvanise Clarke and spur him on to maintain a revival that has seen him climb back to the brink of the world's top 50.

'I'm sure things like this can be a great inspiration,' Faldo continued.

Clarke and Monty said all the right things after their omissions but could be forgiven for being more than a little angry. US captain Paul Azinger names his four wild cards today.