When are the Ryder Cup captains’ wildcard picks announced and who is likely to be in the sides?

RYDER CUP captains Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk are on the brink of making their biggest decisions so far as skippers.

European leader Bjorn and his American counterpart Furyk must decide which four players they want to pick as their wildcards.

 The Ryder Cup is up for grabs at Le Golf National

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The Ryder Cup is up for grabs at Le Golf National

Eight players on either side of the Atlantic will play their way onto the team.

That leaves the door open for four more to make a late surge into consideration.

Bjorn will name his four wildcards at on Wednesday, September 5.

He will do it live in the Sky Sports studios at 2pm and it will be shown on Sky Sports News.

Furyk will name three of his four picks the day after the Deutsche Bank Championship, on September 4.

He then announces his final selection the day after the BMW Championship, on September 10.

Europe

Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter is relying on a pick.

Poulter missed the biennial clash in 2006 but otherwise has played in every one since 2004.

He was the hero of the Miracle of Medinah and is a fearsome matchplay specialist.

Thorbjorn Olesen, Matt Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell can still grab the eighth and final automatic qualification spot at this week's Made in Denmark event.

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Heavyweights Paul Casey and former Open champion Henrik Stenson will need a pick from Bjorn, as well Sergio Garcia, the ex-Masters champ who has endured a year to forget.

Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also in consideration.

USA

Northern Trust champion Bryson DeChambeau just missed out on making the final eight but is certain to be selected.

As is the resurgent Tiger Woods, who has shot up the rankings to 26th at the time of writing after starting the year in 539th spot.

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Tiger Woods will be at Le Golf National as a player and vice-captain

Phil Mickelson failed to qualify for the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1995 but is also thought to be a pick.

It is likely that Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau will battle it out for the last spot.

Europe

European points

1 Francesco Molinari

2 Justin Rose

3 Tyrrell Hatton

4 Tommy Fleetwood

World points

5 Jon Rahm

6 Rory McIlroy

7 Alex Noren

8 TBD

USA

1 Brooks Koepka

2 Dustin Johnson

3 Justin Thomas

4 Patrick Reed

5 Bubba Watson

6 Jordan Spieth

7 Rickie Fowler

8 Webb Simpson

RYDER CUP captains Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk are on the brink of making their biggest decisions so far as skippers.