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Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters on Euro squad

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke smiles during a press conference at Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Waters, England Tuesday Aug. 30, 2016. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup against the United States at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour's headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

(AP) -- Darren Clarke set up a WhatsApp messaging group with his Ryder Cup assistants to discuss which European players looked the best leading up to the deadline for his three captain's picks.

The name of Thomas Pieters popped up more than any other.

Hitting the best form of his career at just the right time, Pieters made it tough for Clarke to ignore him. He was selected Tuesday as one of Europe's three wild cards for next month's showdown with the United States at Hazeltine.


Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 D.Willett €3,183,014
2 H.Stenson €3,180,064
3 R.McIlroy €2,487,202
4 R.Cabrera Bello €1,804,174
5 L.Oosthuizen €1,727,451
6 B.Grace €1,698,755
7 C.Wood €1,625,397
8 T.Hatton €1,374,431
9 L.Westwood €1,283,087
10 M.Kaymer €1,191,889
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