British Open winner Darren Clarke, World No. 2 Lee Westwood and Deutsche Bank Championship winner Thomas Bjorn will lock horns in the Seve Trophy that will be staged at the Saint-Nom-la Bretèche golf course next week.
But while Dane Thomas Bjorn will play for the team of continental Europe, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood will defend the honor of Great Britain and Ireland. The world No. 18, Ian Poulter of England, will also play for the joint team of England and Ireland captained by Irishman Paul McGinley.
But despite the presence of the world No. 2 golfer and the British Open champion on the Great Britain and Ireland team, the side has suffered from a string of withdrawals. World No. 1 Luke Donald will miss the tournament as he plays in the FedEx Cup play-offs in America. Paul Casey, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy also withdrew from the Seve Trophy.
The US Open champion played for the England and Ireland side that won two years ago and it was a good experience before his debut in the Ryder Cup. But this year, he refused to participate in the tournament as he wanted to stay home for some time before getting back to the tour.
As for the continental Europe side, it includes Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn who won two European titles this year, Italy’s Matteo Manasser, the youngest golfer to ever win a European Tour title, and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The Britain and Ireland side has seized the Sevy trophy five times and Europe once since this tournament was founded by once-No.1 Seve Ballesteros who passed away this year.