Aug 31, 2016

    Kaymer puts in a good word for Pieters


    TWICE major winner Martin Kaymer has urged European captain Darren Clarke to pick Belgian Thomas Pieters as one of his three wildcard choices for next month's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in the United States.

    Pieters is in red-hot form after winning the Made In Denmark event on Sunday, finishing second at the preceding Czech Masters and claiming fourth place at this month's Rio Olympics.

    "If I would be the captain, he would be my pick for sure because he brings something special to the team," Kaymer told Sky Sports television after playing alongside the 24-year-old in the final round in Denmark.

    "Thomas hits the ball very far, is very good with the short game and obviously proved he can play under pressure very well."

    Kaymer won the 2010 US PGA Championship and 2014 US Open and has featured in the last three Ryder Cups, all won by Europe.

    The German has missed out on automatic selection this time but he and experienced Englishman Lee Westwood are expected to be two of Clarke's wildcard choices to play the United States starting on Sept 30.

    The third pick seems to be between Pieters, Scotland's Russell Knox and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland who has played in each of the last four editions.