Carl Pettersson: The Swede Who Got Under Nick Faldo's Radar

Peter HughesSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2008

Nick Faldo's proud boast on being appointed captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team was that everyone would be considered when it came down to selecting his "picks," once the top 10 were confirmed.

Faldo has never failed to be controversial throughout his career, and assuming the captaincy has been no exception.

His choice of Casey and Poulter, in particular the latter, has not met with general acclaim and the question must arise about how wide he cast his net in search of possible contenders?

Some claim there was an anti-Irish attitude in overlooking Darren Clarke, whose spectacular victory in the KLM Dutch Open supposedly entitled the man from Dungannon a place in the team.

Nick Faldo spends a lot of time in the US, yet it would appear he is not entirely au fait with golf in America.

Carl Pettersson hails from Gothenburg and plays almost all of his golf on the PGA tour, an infinitely more demanding circuit than its European equivalent.

A week before Clarke's victory, Pettersson was 21-under par in winning the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. This was the Swede's fifth top 10 finish during the current year, including a sixth place in the US Open Championship.

He is in 17th place on the money list, which places him as the third-ranked European in PGA tournaments. If he had been an American, he would have qualified automatically for Paul Azinger's team!

Radar was the principal reason why the RAF won The Battle of Britain in 1940.

Could it be that "Faldo Radar" will contribute to a European defeat in 2008?

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