Teenager Rory McIlroy was today named in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the United States next month.
The 18-year-old from the North, winner of the silver medal as leading amateur in the Open Championship, is certain to attract a large home crowd to Royal County Down on September 8-9.
Rhys Davies, Nigel Edwards and Lloyd Saltman, all members of the 2005 team beaten in Chicago, have also been selected.
But 46-year-old Gary Wolstenholme, the record points scorer for the home side, misses out on a seventh cap.
Tony Disley, chairman of the R&A selection committee said: “We have picked a strong team that is more than capable of defeating the Americans at Royal County Down.
“The team not only includes players with experience at the highest level but has a number of exciting younger players who we believe will excel on the occasion.
“While a number of players will naturally feel disappointed at being left out of the team, we have no doubt that the 10 players selected can regain the Walker Cup for Great Britain and Ireland.”
McIlroy, joint third after an opening 68 at Carnoustie, is not the only member of the team with experience of major championships this year.
Davies, 22, qualified for the US Open at Oakmont while fellow Welshman Llewellyn Matthews – who won the St Andrews Links Trophy over the Old Course this year – played alongside McIlroy at Carnoustie after coming through qualifying at Monifieth.
Edwards, 38, will be playing in his fourth Walker Cup after being in the winning teams of 2001 (Ocean Forest) and 2003 (Ganton).
Also in the side is Jamie Moul, who was number one in the new world amateur golf rankings for 16 weeks this year.
Saltman is currently the top British and Irish player at number three in the rankings and already has four wins to his credit this season.
He also won the silver medal as leading amateur in the Open at St Andrews in 2005, finishing joint 15th.
Besides McIlroy, the other teenager in the side is 19-year-old Daniel Willett.
Willett won the English Amateur Championship at the weekend and seven days earlier had a 10-shot win in the South of England Championship at Walton Heath. He attends college in Jacksonville, Florida.