Bernhard Langer has taken Jesper Parnevik’s decision to pull out of the final Ryder Cup qualifying event as “a sign of resignation”.
The 39-year-old, with only one top 10 finish in the last six months, claims his main reason for skipping next week’s BMW International in Munich is because he has a “big” company day in Chicago.
But Europe’s captain said today: “I think he knows deep down he probably won’t get picked.
“I certainly have three or four guys who have been playing better over the last six to eight weeks that I will probably go to, but I have not told him ‘no’ yet.”
Parnevik played in the last three matches as a wild card, but after failing to qualify for the Masters, US Open and British Open and struggling with a shoulder problem he cannot now make the team automatically.
He commented: “There are many reasons, but the day in Chicago has been organised for a long time and when I said I was not going to be there I was not very popular.
“So I decided I wouldn’t play in Munich. We had the (European players) dinner on Tuesday and when Bernhard asked if everybody was playing in the BMW I put my hand up and said I wasn’t. He was a little bit surprised.
“But I’m not sure that the tournament is going to have a huge influence on everything. I think he has a good idea on what he wants to do and I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic – I’m neutral.
“I didn’t play well enough this week to expect a pick and I don’t think anybody who needs a wild card can be disappointed if they don’t get one because they haven’t played themselves onto the team.”
Colin Montgomerie’s experience and cup record is expected to get him one wild card and Luke Donald, Fredrik Jacobson and Alex Cejka are thought to be next in line, with Paul McGinley coming into that category if he falls out of the 10th and last automatic spot.