The European Tour has made an increase in the number of Captain’s choice players that can be selected for the Ryder Cup team. This change has been made along with a few others to the qualifying specifications for Le Golf National in France.
Previously teams consisted of three rather than four Captain’s choice players. However, in 2018 Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjorn, will have more options.
In addition, the number of tournaments that players are required to take part in to keep their European tour membership has decreased from five to four. Only members of the European tour can be included in selections for The Ryder Cup.
In the past players that were on form at the start of the season have dropped below the top nine on the leader board as the season progresses. This could be down to any number of reasons and has had a negative impact on the Ryder Cup team.
Any tournaments later on in the season will now have weighted points. This change will enable players that have displayed good form at the start of the season and dropped off, to remain higher on the board.
Next year the European team of twelve will be made up of the first four players with the highest points on the European board, the first four players on the world point’s board as well as four players chosen by the Captain.
These changes were announced after the European Tour’s Tournament Committee met in Abu Dhabi.
Expressing his feelings after the changes were announced, Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjorn stated:
“I am delighted the committee passed these regulations, which I believe will considerably benefit the European Ryder Cup team in 2018 without compromising the strength or importance of the European Tour.”
Author Lisa Wood
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