Chris Wood thinks he could be paired with one of "five or six" teammates at the Ryder Cup

The English golfer will be making his debut at Hazeltine

BY Daniel Kelly 13:19 Friday 23 September 2016, 13:19 23 Sep 2016

Chris Wood Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Getty Images

Europe begin next week's Ryder Cup with six rookies.

Masters champion Danny Willett, will be joined by his compatriots Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood in making their debuts. Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Belgium's Thomas Pieters will also take their Ryder Cup bows in Hazeltine.

Wood has represented Europe in the EurAsia Cup this year and has also played in the Seve Trophy twice for Great Britain and Ireland. Of his six partners he has played with in those two event, only Lee Westwood is in Europe's Ryder Cup team this year.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said he would be really comfortable playing with "five or six" of the teammates.

"On paper, you would expect the rookies to be paired with an experienced player, but I'm happy either way really. [Andy Sullivan] for example and [Danny Willett], I must have known since I was 13 or 14 and have played amateur golf growing up together. A lot of it is being comfortable with the people that are there."

"Martin Kaymer, I've got to know very well. I played in the EurAsia Cup with Lee [Westwood] at the start of the year, and we did alright. Little things like that you can look upon like that for pairings really."

The 28-year-old also admitted he had accidentally ignored Darren Clarke's efforts to contact him last week due to a mix-up in numbers. Hopefully for Wood, Clarke will forgive him ahead of next week's event.

You can listen to the full interview here.

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