‘ROOKIES NOT A CONCERN FOR EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM’
FORMER European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley expects the six rookies in this year’s team to draw on their international experience to thrive under pressure in next week’s match against the United States. US Masters champion Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan and Matt Fitzpatrick, along with wildcard pick Thomas Pieters, will be making their Ryder Cup debuts when Europe defend the trophy in Minnesota. “The European team have six rookies heading to Hazeltine, but I don’t think that will be an issue or a concern,” McGinley, who led Europe to victory two years ago, told Sky Sports. “They are all experienced players, they’ve all won big tournaments, and they have all performed on the big stage... They are young, vibrant and they will not be intimidated by the atmosphere of a Ryder Cup in the United States,” he added.