Darren Clarke set up a WhatsApp messaging group with his Ryder Cup assistants to discuss which European players looked the best leading up to the deadline for his three captain’s picks.
The name of Thomas Pieters popped up more than any other.
Hitting the best form of his career at just the right time, Pieters made it tough for Clarke to ignore him. He was selected Tuesday as one of Europe’s three wild cards for next month’s showdown with the United States at Hazeltine.
The 24-year-old Belgian will be one of six Ryder Cup rookies on a European team seeking an unprecedented fourth straight victory in golf’s biggest team event.
“He brings a bit more of the…