Europe added the record-tying experience of Nick Faldo and the record-sharing success of Jose Maria Olazabal to its Ryder Cup challenge Monday.
They were selected as wild cards by European captain Bernard Gallacher, who vowed to beat the United States next month in Rochester, N.Y., and bring the coveted golfing prize back to England.
“Everybody is dedicated to returning from Oak Hill with the cup,” Gallacher said. “The last two times, we have had one hand on the Ryder Cup. In three weeks time, we aim to have both hands on it.”
Faldo will be making his 10th straight appearance, matching the record for Ryder Cup appearances held by Christy O’Connor Jr.
Olazabal was the final pick. Gallacher decided the Spaniard’s ailing right foot was OK following top 10 finishes in his last two tournaments in the United States.