by Ronan MacNamara
Shane Lowry by Golffile
The wait is finally over and Shane Lowry has been granted a deserved captains pick by Pádraig Harrington alongside Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter.
The Clara native narrowly missed out on automatic qualification today but has done enough to be selected by Harrington for a Ryder Cup debut.
“We don’t think of him as a rookie,” said Harrington, speaking about his selection of Lowry.
“All it says is that the fact that I have picked a rookie means he has probably delivered twice to get himself in the team because a rookie has to prove himself more than anyone else. Shane is a big-time player, and he is no better than when he is on the big stage. He delivers consistency under those big pressure situations."
Lowry has performed on the big stage winning the Open Championship in 2019 after winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2015 which Harrington alluded to as being key in his selection.
Harrington picked out Lowry’s suitability to Whistling Straits as a key factor in his decision.
“Shane has been the name right on the edge and he has performed well over the summer under that pressure. He is well suited to the golf course and the conditions. The stats are great and they show he is one of the leading players. He is well suited to the team environment, there’s plenty of players in the team who are looking to play with Shane. Good consistent form has brought him to this position.”
Harrington’s first pick was record points scorer and ‘leader’ Sergio Garcia after the Spaniard showed late form with two top-10s to finish his PGA Tour season.
"He’s a leader. He loves match play, he’s a great ball striker and he’s suited to golf course, but it's what he does for the team. Whether its foursomes or four balls, he’s very versatile and he gets out and gets the job done."
Ian ‘Postman’ Poulter who has appeared in each of Europe’s last four victories was the final and inevitable selection for Team Europe.
"He is undefeated in singles, he brings an unbelievable passion to the team room and to the matches. He lifts himself, he lifts his playing partner and he lifts the team, but you can’t pick a player just because of that.
"He has played great all year. His stats are great, he has had the best ball striking year of his life! I’m thrilled because not only am I getting a player like Poulter who delivers, but also a player who is in great form - probably the best form of his life.
"I’m looking forward to having him there, and having him bring the heart and passion to the team," added Harrington.