Did Clarke just play his way onto Team Faldo?

Even his hair is excited

Even his hair is excited

A convincing 66 on Sunday at the KLM Open left Darren Clarke in the winner’s circle, and many a pundit wondering whether or not he had indeed just sealed his invitation to join Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup squad next month in Louisville at Valhalla.

John Huggan had noted this morning, for example, that the odds were likely slim for Clarke entering the day, but that given the fact that Monty is more or less a given no show, Faldo may have been looking for a reason–any reason–to somehow include the personable Irishman on his roster.

Clarke has more of a chance [than Monty] of making his sixth Ryder Cup appearance at Valhalla, but only if Casey or Poulter play their way on to the team before next Sunday evening and the big Ulsterman shows any sort or form. Shorn of Monty, the side perhaps needs a big personality in the team room and Clarke amply fills that role.

Meanwhile, over at The Barclays, Casey is in a final round dogfight for the lead, while Poulter slammed his trunk on Friday and is still likely stewing over the missed audition in front of Faldo on CBS this weekend that Casey is so opportunistically taking advantage of.

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Filed under Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Ryder Cup

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