(Reuters) - Russell Knox has said watching the Ryder Cup will be a bittersweet experience after the Scot was overlooked by Europe captain Darren Clarke despite being the highest-ranked player outside of the nine automatic qualifying spots. Ryder Cup veterans Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, and the in-form Thomas Pieters were selected as wildcards ahead of world number 20 Knox on Tuesday as Clarke confirmed his 12-man team to defend the trophy against the United States in Minnesota. Clarke admitted that leaving Knox out of the three-day event starting on Sept. 30 in Hazeltine "was probably one of the toughest calls" he had to make.
Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose gave Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters a ringing endorsement Wednesday after the big-hitting Belgian was picked for the biennial match against the US next month. "The really difficult decision was choosing Thomas Pieters over Russell Knox, two guys who are in form, two guys who deserve their place in the team," Rose told a news teleconference, as he confirmed he would defend his Hong Kong Open title in December. "Choosing one of them was always going to be very, very difficult but I think what Thomas has shown Darren (Clarke) in the last few weeks has been incredible," added Rose.
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