Ryder Cup captain's picks: A history of who has earned wild-card selections

Ryder Cup captain’s picks: A history of who has earned wild-card selections



Captain's picks (or wild-card picks) haven't always been a part of the Ryder Cup. However, they've become an integral part of the biennial competition pitting 12-man teams representing the United States against Europe in a 27 matches over three days.

The Europeans were the first side to create captain's picks, doing so in 1979, the first year that continental Europe became eligible to join what was previous a team of golfers only from Great Britain and Ireland (like the Walker Cup, the amateur equivalent). They've been doing it ever since, with the exception of 1983, adding two or three players to their team at the captain's discretion.

The United States began employing captain's picks in 1989, and they've done so in every Ryder Cup since, adding anywhere from two to four players to their team.

Some captain's picks have proven instrumental in helping their team win, or at least remain competitive. Others have been total flops. Others still have seen little action in the matches.



Ryder Cup captain's pick history, records and performance

YEAR TEAM CAPTAIN PLAYER WIN LOSS DRAW POINTS
1979 Europe John Jacobs Peter Oosterhuis 2 2 0 2
1979 Europe John Jacobs Des Smyth 0 2 0 0
1981 Europe John Jacobs Mark James 2 3 0 2
1981 Europe John Jacobs Peter Oosterhuis 0 3 0 0
1985 Europe Tony Jacklin Jose Rivero 1 1 0 1
1985 Europe Tony Jacklin Ken Brown 1 2 0 1
1985 Europe Tony Jacklin Nick Faldo 0 2 0 0
1987 Europe Tony Jacklin Sandy Lyle 3 1 0 3
1987 Europe Tony Jacklin Jose Maria Olzabal 3 2 0 3
1987 Europe Tony Jacklin Ken Brown 0 2 0 0
1989 Europe Tony Jacklin Howard Clark 2 2 0 2
1989 Europe Tony Jacklin Christy O'Connor Jr 1 1 0 1
1989 Europe Tony Jacklin Bernhard Langer 0 3 0 0
1989 U.S.A. Raymond Floyd Lanny Wadkins 2 2 0 2
1989 U.S.A. Raymond Floyd Tom Watson 1 1 1 1.5
1991 Europe Bernard Gallacher Jose Maria Olzabal 3 1 1 3.5
1991 Europe Bernard Gallacher Mark James 2 3 0 2
1991 Europe Bernard Gallacher Nick Faldo 1 3 0 1
1991 U.S.A. Dave Stockton Ray Floyd 2 2 0 2
1991 U.S.A. Dave Stockton Chip Beck 1 2 0 1
1993 Europe Bernard Gallacher Seve Ballesteros 2 2 0 2
1993 Europe Bernard Gallacher Jose Maria Olzabal 2 3 0 2
1993 Europe Bernard Gallacher Joakim Haeggman 1 1 0 1
1993 U.S.A. Tom Watson Ray Floyd 3 1 0 3
1993 U.S.A. Tom Watson Lanny Wadkins 2 1 1 2.5
1995 U.S.A. Lanny Wadkins Fred Couples 2 1 1 2.5
1995 U.S.A. Lanny Wadkins Curtis Strange 0 3 0 0
1995 Europe Bernard Gallacher Nick Faldo 2 2 0 2
1995 Europe Bernard Gallacher Ian Woosnam 1 1 1 1.5
1997 U.S.A. Tom Kite Lee Janzen 2 1 0 2
1997 U.S.A. Tom Kite Fred Couples 2 2 0 2
1997 Europe Seve Ballesteros Jesper Parnevik 1 1 2 2
1997 Europe Seve Ballesteros Nick Faldo 2 3 0 2
1999 U.S.A. Ben Crenshaw Tom Lehman 2 1 0 2
1999 U.S.A. Ben Crenshaw Steve Pate 2 1 0 2
1999 Europe Mark James Jesper Parnevik 3 1 1 3.5
1999 Europe Mark James Andrew Coltart 0 1 0 0
2002 U.S.A. Curtis Strange Scott Verplank 2 1 0 2
2002 U.S.A. Curtis Strange Paul Azinger 0 1 1 0.5
2002 Europe Sam Torrance Sergio Garcia 3 2 0 3
2002 Europe Sam Torrance Jesper Parnevik 0 1 1 0.5
2004 U.S.A. Hal Sutton Stewart Cink 1 2 1 1.5
2004 U.S.A. Hal Sutton Jay Haas 1 2 1 1.5
2004 Europe Bernhard Langer Colin Montgomerie 3 1 0 3
2004 Europe Bernhard Langer Luke Donald 2 1 1 2.5
2006 U.S.A. Tom Lehman Scott Verplank 2 0 0 2
2006 U.S.A. Tom Lehman Stewart Cink 1 1 3 2.5
2006 Europe Ian Woosnam Darren Clarke 3 0 0 3
2006 Europe Ian Woosnam Lee Westwood 3 0 2 4
2008 U.S.A. Paul Azinger Chad Campbell 2 1 0 2
2008 U.S.A. Paul Azinger J.B. Holmes 2 0 1 2.5
2008 U.S.A. Paul Azinger Hunter Mahan 2 0 3 3.5
2008 U.S.A. Paul Azinger Steve Stricker 0 2 1 0.5
2008 Europe Nick Faldo Ian Poulter 4 1 0 4
2008 Europe Nick Faldo Paul Casey 0 1 2 1
2010 U.S.A. Corey Pavin Tiger Woods 3 1 0 3
2010 U.S.A. Corey Pavin Zach Johnson 2 1 0 2
2010 U.S.A. Corey Pavin Stewart Cink 1 0 3 2.5
2010 U.S.A. Corey Pavin Rickie Fowler 0 1 2 1
2010 Europe Colin Montgomerie Luke Donald 3 1 0 3
2010 Europe Colin Montgomerie Padraig Harrington 2 2 0 2
2010 Europe Colin Montgomerie Edoardo Molinari 0 1 2 1
2012 U.S.A. Davis Love III Steve Stricker 0 4 0 0
2012 U.S.A. Davis Love III Jim Furyk 1 2 0 1
2012 U.S.A. Davis Love III Brandt Snedeker 1 2 0 1
2012 U.S.A. Davis Love III Dustin Johnson 3 0 0 3
2012 Europe Jose Maria Olazabal Nicolas Colaserts 1 3 0 1
2012 Europe Jose Maria Olazabal Ian Poulter 4 0 0 4
2014 U.S.A. Tom Watson Keegan Bradley 1 2 0 1
2014 U.S.A. Tom Watson Webb Simpson 3 0 1 3.5
2014 U.S.A. Tom Watson Hunter Mahan 1 2 1 1.5
2014 Europe Paul McGinley Stephen Gallacher 0 2 0 0
2014 Europe Paul McGinley Ian Poulter 0 1 2 1
2014 Europe Paul McGinley Lee Westwood 2 2 0 2

Historically, then, here are the wild-card records for both teams:

Europe: 65-67-15 for 72.5 points, 41 picks averaging 1.71 points

U.S.A.: 50-42-31 for 60.5 points, 29 picks averaging 1.83 points



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