LONDON -- European Ryder Cup hopeful Thomas
Bjorn launched an angry attack on captain Ian Woosnam on Monday
after being overlooked for a wild card for the Sept. 22-24 match
against the United States in Ireland.
Denmark's Bjorn, an experienced Ryder Cup player, was
thought to have a firm case to be one of Woosnam's two
selections to join the 10 players who automatically qualified.
"I feel gutted," the 35-year-old Bjorn told reporters. "I
think he has been very poor. A friend of mine he isn't -- and I
don't have a problem saying that.
"He's not taken charge of the captaincy in the way I see a
captain should take charge and it's disappointing.
"He's put a lot of guys through misery by not talking to
Bjorn added: "If the choice had been made only on
competitive results, I could go along with it.
"But I'm in front of [Westwood] in all the rankings, I have played
better than him in the qualifying phase and then Woosnam bases
his decisions on results which are more than five years old."
"A friend of mine he isn't -- and I
don't have a problem saying that."
--Thomas Bjorn on Ian Woosnam
Bjorn was a member of the victorious 1997 Ryder Cup team
with Woosnam, Clarke and Westwood. He also played in the winning
"He never called me [before or after announcing Westwood as
his pick]. He came into the bar at the hotel and gave me 20
seconds about Lee having won twice at the K Club. In a bar --
that kind of sums it up," Bjorn continued.
"He can't walk up to me, tell me in 20 seconds and expect me
to be happy. I'm very disappointed. I think he's been very poor
in the way he's handled the players.
"I want the team to play their best and win. They have a
great chance and they need to stick together. But I don't care
Woosnam had earlier said he knew Bjorn was unhappy to be
"Thomas was in the back of my mind. It was difficult when I
got back to the hotel last night, he wasn't a happy chappy,"
Woosnam, who made the announcement at the end of the BMW
International Open in Munich on Sunday, told BBC Radio Five.