Foursomes may not be awesome for rookies: Kaymer

Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:03am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe will field six rookies in this month's Ryder Cup against the United States but captain Darren Clarke may not pick many of the newcomers in the foursomes matches, according to wildcard choice Martin Kaymer.

U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters will make their first appearances in the competition when Europe defend the trophy at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

The biennial team event consists of two sessions each of fourballs and foursomes plus 12 singles on the final day and Kaymer hinted that the holders would opt for experience in the alternate-shot format.

"In foursomes I believe the statistics say that with two rookies playing together there is a seven percent chance they will win their match," the 31-year-old German told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"I don't know how Darren will set up the team but I think especially in the foursomes you need experienced players so I don't know how many rookies he will put in that format."

Kaymer was selected by Clarke as one of three wildcards, along with Belgian Pieters and 43-year-old Englishman Lee Westwood.

The winner of the 2014 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. PGA Championship will be featuring in his fourth Ryder Cup but he does not see himself as any sort of team leader.

"I wouldn't call myself a Ryder Cup veteran, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are veterans," said Kaymer, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, official patron and vehicle of the Ryder Cup.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Men's Individual Stroke Play - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016.   Martin Kaymer (GER) of Germany chips on to the 18th green during the second round of the men's Olympic golf competition. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers