European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald is to have six wildcard choices at his disposal for next year’s matches in Rome following the unveiling of a raft of changes to the qualification process for Team Europe.
Under the revised selection process, six players will qualify automatically – three from the European Points List and the three leading players on the World Points List – while the remaining six players will picked by European team captain Luke Donald.Another change sees a modification in the points allocation for the European Points List. In previous years, the ratio between the highest and lowest ranked events on the DP World Tour exhibited a factor of 6:1 (12,000 points v 2,000 points). Under the new system, this is reduced to a factor of 4:1 (6,000 points v 1,500 points). This change is an attempt to give players predominantly competing on the DP World Tour a better chance of making the Ryder Cup team through one of the now three spots available from that list.
One element which has not changed, however, is that no points will be available from any tournament played anywhere in the world scheduled against a Rolex Series event on the DP World Tour.
Donald said: “These changes to the qualification process for Team Europe follow in-depth analysis with the team at Ryder Cup Europe and I’m delighted that when we presented our thoughts to the Tournament Committee, they were 100% behind them. The revised overall process removes the need for points multipliers in the last few months of the qualifying period, and the six picks give me flexibility to ensure we have the strongest line-up at Marco Simone in terms of in-form players, players with Ryder Cup experience, and potential pairings.
“As far as the European Points List is concerned, modifying the points allocation will give an improved chance for DP World Tour members playing predominantly on the DP World Tour to make the Ryder Cup team through one of the now three spots available from that list. We have also moved the end of the qualification period forward to give the players the right amount of preparation time once they have made the team.”
He added: “A lot of work has already happened behind the scenes, but in many ways the start of the qualification campaign represents the true beginning of the Ryder Cup journey, so I am delighted to confirm these details today. We are all focused on reclaiming the Ryder Cup in Rome next September and this qualification system gives us the best opportunity of doing just that.”
No mention was made as to whether European players currently competing on the LIV Golf Series will be eligible for selection. The PGA TOUR has already revoked the membership of LIV golfers and will therefore will not allow US players currently competing in LIV Golf events to be available for selection for the US Ryder Cup team.
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