Bjorn angry about being left off Europe's Ryder squad

Updated: September 4, 2006, 6:42 PM ET
Reuters

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.

2006 Ryder Cup rosters
(* -- Captain's picks)
USA
Europe
Tiger Woods
Colin Montgomerie
Phil Mickelson
David Howell
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
Chad Campbell
Robert Karlsson
David Toms
Henrik Stenson
Chris DiMarco
Paul Casey
Vaughn Taylor
Padraig Harrington
J.J. Henry
Luke Donald
Zach Johnson
Paul McGinley
Brett Wetterich
JosÚ Maria Olazabal
Stewart Cink*
Darren Clarke*
Scott Verplank*
Lee Westwood*

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.

Instead the Welshman awarded the places to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood, both of whom also have strong records in the match.

"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 them."

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 2002 lineup.

"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 about Woosie."

Woosnam had earlier said he knew Bjorn was unhappy to be left out.

"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.

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