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Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters get captain's picks for Ryder Cup

  • File - In this Sunday, July 31, 2016 file photo, Martin Kaymer watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    File - In this Sunday, July 31, 2016 file photo, Martin Kaymer watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Lee Westwood of England tees off on the second hole during the round one of DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Lee Westwood of England tees off on the second hole during the round one of DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Thomas Pieters of Belgium hits the ball on the 16th green during the first round of the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Thomas Pieters of Belgium hits the ball on the 16th green during the first round of the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will fill out the European team as Darren Clarke's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Clarke announced his choices at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.

Westwood and Kaymer, both former top-ranked players, were widely expected selections and provide experience to a European team that contained five Ryder Cup rookies among its automatic qualifiers.

It will be Westwood's 10th straight Ryder Cup, while two-time major champion Kaymer made the putt that ensured Europe would retain the cup at Medinah in 2012.

Pieters is another rookie but a form player in European golf after winning the Made in Denmark tournament last week, and finishing fourth in the Olympics.