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

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.