Fitzpatrick claims final spot for Europe's Ryder Cup team

BY foxsports • August 21, 2016

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England has nailed down the ninth and final automatic spot for Europe in the Ryder Cup.

Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters on Sunday, giving him enough world points that no one can catch him when European qualifying ends next week in Denmark.

Thomas Pieters of Belgium, who finished fourth last week at the Olympics, could have earned a spot by winning the Czech Masters and in Denmark. But he finished one shot behind Paul Peterson, who birdied the last hole Sunday for his first European Tour victory.

That gives Darren Clarke one extra week to start contemplating his captain's picks.

Already on the team are Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Chris Wood, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Andy Sullivan.

Clarke is scheduled to announce his three picks on Aug. 29.