CHASKA, Minn. – After making his captain’s picks, the second hardest duty for a Ryder Cup captain is deciding who has to sit out each session.
“The hardest thing is sitting out a player,” Love said. “Darren had the same struggle. We talked about it last night. To go to those other four guys that I have sitting out in the morning and tell them they are not playing, be ready for your next chance, it's hard to do.”
Clarke’s decision was probably a little easier than Love’s. The European team includes six rookies and captains generally try to avoid sending first-time Ryder Cup players out in the first session, particularly a foursome match which is considered the most difficult for many players.
All four of the European players who will sit on Friday morning are rookies – Chris Wood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett – but Clarke did say he hopes to play all 12 of his players on Friday.
“So in terms of playing everybody tomorrow, in an ideal world, is that what I would like to do; is that what Davis would like to do? I think if truth be told, we would say yes,” Clarke said. “That may happen; it may not happen. It all depends on how the match is progressing.”