It’s hard to find much fault with the Ryder Cup selections Team Europe captain Luke Donald made on Monday morning as he added some aggressive young talent with some wily veterans.
Having Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Robert MacIntyre, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm gives the European side a mighty strong base.
The additions of Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg give the team a younger look at a time when the American squad added experience.
Still, some fans were scrutinizing Monday’s announcement and a story at our sister site For The Win, part of the USA Today Sports network, highlighted the perceived snubs:
He’s won some tournaments in the past year on the European Tour and finished fifth in the points list.
🚨#STUNNING MOVE 🇵🇱 — Adrian Meronk has been snubbed by Luke Donald of a Captains pick:
— Won Italian Open in May ‘23 at Marco Simone (The Ryder Cup venue)
— Won Australian Open in Dec ‘22
— Won the Irish Open in July ‘22
— Top 25 finish at the ‘23 Open Championship, T17 at Match… pic.twitter.com/m3T7xSPCQs
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) September 4, 2023
Some thought Paul could have been added after some outstanding recent play:
Turn Pro in June ✅
Ryder Cup debut in September ✅
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 4, 2023
@LukeDonald @YannikPaul Yannik Paul has only missed 3 cuts all year on the @DPWorldTour and been skyrocketing up the world ranking. One win and 6 top ten finishes. Much better than players pictured. pic.twitter.com/dfwJWYvAFk
— Charlie Thompson (@CAThompson86) September 3, 2023
Perez finished behind Paul and Meronk in the Ryder Cup standings, for what it’s worth.
Pas de Ryder Cup pour Victor Perez 🇫🇷. pic.twitter.com/aEn1uhToIs
— Victor Perez Tracker (@vpereztracker) September 4, 2023