The year-long process of automatic qualifying for the Ryder Cup draws to a close on Sunday afternoon — but it’s after the final putt that the headaches for captain Thomas Bjorn will begin.
The Dane confessed recently to waking up at 4am on occasion as he wrestled with the dilemma of who should receive his four wild cards.
Now he’s guaranteed three more disturbed sleeps before announcing his selections on Wednesday.
Thomas Bjorn has until Wednesday to decide who he will pick for his Ryder Cup team
At the Made in Denmark tournament, Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick has at least kept alive the possibility of some late drama following a fine 66 yesterday on his 24th birthday.
He needs to win and hope local hero Thorbjorn Olesen — occupying the eighth and final automatic spot for the European team — finishes outside the top seven to claim the last guaranteed ticket.
Fitzpatrick made plenty of progress but has 13 players in front of him, including the leader, Ryder Cup vice-captain Lee Westwood, chasing his first win in Europe in six years.
Olesen, who made the cut by the skin of his teeth, shot a 67 to move into a tie for 30th. If Olesen hangs on it will mean Bjorn will have five rookies among his eight qualifiers, and that’s probably as many as any skipper would