Are These The 2018 Ryder Cup Line-Ups?

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Ryder Cup Line-Ups 2018 By Robert Cross

Last week we looked at the history of The Ryder Cup, this week we will focus on the upcoming event later on in the year. Being on a Ryder Cup team is usually high priority for the respective players, on both PGA and European Tours; we’ll look at the qualification process for each country and the potential line ups as well. We’ll look at how the Captains will use their wildcards to strengthen the teams after the qualification process is complete.

After a comfortable victory in 2016 – USA will more than likely head to France as heavy favourites. Is this justified? But is the European Tour hindering the chances of Team Europe by using the Race to Dubai as a qualifying stream? Read on and find out what we think…….

Let's look at the venue The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from 28–30 September 2018 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in the south of Paris. No doubt the course will be set up just how Europe would like it, how ? Who knows ! USA are defending champions but it’s been 25 years since they won in Europe, however arguably they will be taking over the strongest team in a very long time. Can they cope with an away fixture?

European Captain Thomas Bjorn, named late in 2016 by a 5 man panel (last 3 Ryder Cup captains, Keith Pelly and his crazy specs, and Henrik Stenson) A popular choice both with the media and the players. Bjorn has been involved with European Tour as a Chairman of the Tournament Committee for 10 years and is in the "current" still playing on tour a bit to check out potential players. So far, he has named Robert Karlsson as a vice-captain. Expect a few others to be added as they fall away from qualification/form.

USA Captain Jim Furyk - weird swing, great player, major champion and a seriously gritty competitor, again, popular choice and still "current" on tour enough to have a look at what his options may be in Sept 2018.

Soooooooooooo, lets look at the qualification surrounding the Ryder Cup for both teams. I will start with the less complicated TEAM USA criteria. Here is a link to the "official" qualification

USA Qualification The Top 8 players from the Ryder Cup points list (based on prize money won in the most important competitions) - 2017 Majors - 2017 World Golf Championships and The Players - 2018 Majors (x2 points for the winner and 50% for those who make the cut) - 2018 PGA Tour Events between 1st Jan – 12th Aug 2018 and alternate (same week as Major/WGC) events don’t count. 4 Captains Picks - 3 after 2018 Dell Tech Championship - 1 after 2018 BMW Championship

European Qualification This is where is gets a bit more complicated........................... We will cover this in more detail a bit later. To be considered for TEAM EUROPE firstly the following needs to be met Membership criteria for the European Tour has been reduced from five tournaments to four (outside the majors and WGCs) for the 2018 season. As in previous Ryder Cups, all players must be members of the European Tour to be eligible to play for Europe.

Then its down to to lists for The leading four players on the Race to Dubai Points List - Points earned in all Race to Dubai tournaments starting with the 2017 D+D Real Czech Masters. Points earned from the 2018 BMW PGA Championship onwards, will be multiplied by 1.5. The leading four players, not qualified above, on the World Points List - Total World Points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events starting on 31 August 2017 (the start date of the D+D Real Czech Masters). Points earned from the date of the 2018 BMW PGA Championship onwards, will be multiplied by 1.5. No World points will be earned from tournaments staged opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2017 and 2018.