Torrance Names Parnevik Garcia to Ryder Cup


Sam Torrance made no surprises on Sunday, as the European team captain of the upcoming Ryder Cup selected Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik as his two wild card picks for Septembers big event in England.
The two will team with Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, Thomas Bjorn and seven others at The Belfry, where they will be attempting to defeat the United States, who won the last edition from Massachusetts in 1999.
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Ranked well outside the automatically-qualifying top-10 on the points list, Parnevik and Garcia had been spending the bulk of their time competing in America.
In that time this year, Parnevik had claimed victory once, while Garcia had done so on two occasions. In Europe, however, they hadnt played much at all.
No matter for Torrance ' for him, they were the right picks.
Both have been there before, both have done it, and thats who I wanted to pick, he stated flatly immediately following the BMW International Open in Munich, Germany.
Sergios No. 6 in the world, Jespers No. 21. Obviously, they will be great assets to the team.
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Torrances decisions were somewhat of a foregone conclusion, not nearly as surprising as were American captain Curtis Stranges picks of Paul Azinger and Scott Verplank.
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For several weeks, the Scottish veteran had been hinting that Garcia and Parnevik would be the two selections, and even made a formal announcement last week that Garcia would definitely be one of the two picks.
He confirmed it all on Sunday.
I feel we will be a very strong team, he said. We have a lot of experience and strength, and we have some rookie-firepower as well.
Certainly, experience will come with Garcia and Parnevik.
While this years edition will serve as Parneviks third, Garcia will be competing in his second.
The two were seemingly unbeatable in 1999 at Brookline, when they partnered together to win three times and halve once in foursomes and fourball matches.
Chances are that the American team will see that same partnership again this year in England.
They were very good together last time, said Torrance.
The one player who seemed a possible spoiler for the duo was fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal.
Ranked 18th on the points list entering the BMW, Olazabal was faced with one way of getting into the top-10 ' winning.
As it ended, he didnt, but he did come relatively close, finishing in a tie for 13th behind eventual champion John Daly.
Some speculated that his good form and years of experience in the Ryder Cup might warrant a pick from Torrance.
Not so, claimed the captain ' but the decision was a tough one.
He understands that I had to make a decision, said Torrance. It might not have been the decision he would have liked, but he was okay. He was fine with it, he was a gentleman.
While Torrance admitted that Olazabals experience was impressive, he also claimed that the Spanish veteran wasnt playing as well as Parnevik.
Plus, he pointed to another important trait of the game.
Parneviks a better driver of the golf ball than Ollie, he said. And driving is a very important aspect of the Ryder Cup.
Now that the big decision is over for Torrance, he says his work is just beginning as they move into the final days before compeitiion.
'I'm glad it's over now,' he said. 'We've got the team, we can look at pairings, we can get everything going.'
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