Jay Townsend - July 31, 2012

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The players most likely to be on the European Ryder Cup team despite not having a good 2012, in Townsend’s opinion, are Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. Both players won twice in 2011 but with only a few exceptions, they have struggled in 2012 and neither have shown many signs that they will be able to turn it around quickly enough to have an impact in the Ryder Cup.

Nicolas Colsaerts is having a great 2012 season and with a win and 8 top 10 finishes, he is gaining more and more confidence. He played very well in both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship and his win in 2012 came in the Volvo World Match Play. He is young and a long hitter and he would be a great fit on the European Ryder Cup team.

Rory McIlroy had a great start to 2012 but has struggled during the summer. His life has certainly become more complicated in the last year whether it is his personal life or his relationships with people like Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler. While it is true that Rory has not played as well as he would like this summer, his game and his confidence are so strong that Townsend is not concerned about Rory being ready to contribute to the European Ryder Cup team.

Many people in Europe are sad to see Lee Westwood make a permanent move to the United States because he has been one of those players who for a long time did not join the crowd of Europeans in making the move to the United States. Townsend does not fault Westwood for this decision because he understands the desire to win a Major and he knows that Westwood is running out of opportunities to get that first Major title.

Louis Oosthuizen won twice earlier this year and was runner-up in The Masters but has not played as well this summer. Townsend feels that his struggles lie with putting because his swing and his ball striking are so good. If Oosthuizen can settle his putting concerns, Townsend can see him contending or even winning again in 2012.