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Ryder Cup: Matt Wallace among players not to get European pick

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-05 22:55:16

With the top eight players on the European Points List all automatically qualifying for Bjorn's team, Knox was next in the standings despite playing a limited schedule on the European Tour.

Knox's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory in July, his first worldwide win since 2016, came a week after taking the runner-up spot at the Open de France - held at this month's Ryder Cup venue.

The Scot was controversially left out Darren Clarke's captain's picks two years' ago, but seems a more logical choice to miss out this time around after registering only three top-10s in 25 worldwide starts this year.

Rafa Cabrera Bello

The Spaniard is the highest player on the World Points List not to get selected, finishing the year 10th in the standings, two years on from an unbeaten Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine.

Cabrera Bello registered 2.5 points from his three matches in 2016, twice playing alongside Sergio Garcia, with the 34-year-old since juggling his schedule to play on both sides of the Atlantic.

A poor summer saw him miss three consecutive cuts and struggle to a 74th-place finish at The Open, although he has recently shown a return to form with four top-20s over the last five weeks.

Matt Wallace

The 28-year-old becomes the first player since Johan Edfors in 2006 to win three times in a Ryder Cup year and not feature in a European campaign.

Wallace missed out on automatic qualification, despite following victories at the Hero Indian Open and the BMW International Open by winning the Made In Denmark in the final qualifying event.

With captain Bjorn watching on, the Englishman birdied five of his last six holes to get into a play-off and birdied both extra holes to take the title - his fourth in just over 15 months - but will have to wait for the chance to make his Ryder Cup debut.

Matt Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick narrowly missed out on a qualification place for Paris, with a tied-seventh finish at the Made In Denmark not enough to overtake Thorbjorn Olesen for the final automatic spot.

The Englishman closed out the year-long campaign by finishing with back-to-back bogey-free 66s at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, having struggled for consistency with his putting in recent months.

Fitzpatrick failed to register a point in his two matches as a rookie at Hazeltine, with three top-10s in 20 appearances in 2018 not enough to secure a second Ryder Cup appearance.

Thomas Pieters

Two years on from forming a formidable partnership with Rory McIlroy and registering four points in a sensational Ryder Cup debut, Pieters misses out on a captain's pick this time around.

Pieters won all three matches alongside McIlroy at Hazeltine, leading to the Northern Irishman to want him part of the team 'for the next 20 years', but has since failed to replicate his 2016 form.

The Belgian is without a win since the 2016 Made In Denmark and has dropped out of the world's top 60, with a top-six finish at the PGA Championship the highlight of an otherwise disappointing summer.

Eddie Pepperell

Pepperell was still in with a shout of automatically qualifying for a Ryder Cup debut heading into the Made In Denmark, but saw his hopes ended with a tied-56th finish.

The Englishman broke back into the world's top 100 with victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in February, as well as following a runner-up finish at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with a share of sixth at The Open.

Now up to world No 62, having lost his European Tour card in 2016 and having to return to Qualifying School, Pepperell finished 10th on the European Points List and 14th on the World Points List.

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