After months of speculation, Luke Donald has named his six wildcards for the Ryder Cup to complete his 12-player team for highly anticipated match against the US at Marco Simone.
Once the controversial issue over whether LIV Golf players would make his team was largely settled with the resignations of several contenders from the DP World Tour, attention turned to others, with the likes of Adrian Meronk and Seamus Power apparently in contention.
In the end, a mix of fresh faces and experience made up Donald’s wildcards, with Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Justin Rose chosen alongside newcomers Sepp Straka, Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg.
Considering how many others were in contention for one of Luke Donald’s wildcards, it’s not surprising that opinions on his selections are varied, with many taking to X (formerly Twitter) to air their views.
Meronk secured the Italian Open title at the venue for the match in May, and his absence is the most contentious, with some, including Golf Monthly’s Paul Higham, Michael Weston and Nick Bonfield, plus Sky Sports commentator Richard Kaufman, questioning the decision to leave him out while acknowledging the 12 heading to Italy still looks like a strong team.
Meronk the big casualty but you can’t really argue with that 12 for the Ryer Cup… pic.twitter.com/tDjGRo13HQSeptember 4, 2023
Gutted for Adrian Meronk. It’s a strong team but I think he really deserved a spot.September 4, 2023
Tough break for Adrian Meronk, but I really like the look of that team. I really fancy our chancesSeptember 4, 2023
We can all debate whether Meronk should have gotten the call and he made a strong case. But that’s a 12 that will have an excellent chance of winning back the cup. https://t.co/zAwX7d47jvSeptember 4, 2023
It’s not just the Italian Open where Meronk has excelled recently. He also won the Irish Open in July last year and the Australian Open last December, and that’s something others, including popular golf account Flushing It, Sky Sports presenter Jamie Weir and DP World Tour pros Ross Fisher and Scott Hend, were keen to point out.
Adrian Meronk won the Australian, Irish and Italian…