By Matt Smith
Luke Donald’s European team have released details of their 2023 Ryder Cup qualification process.
Team Europe will be looking to regain the trophy from their US counterparts when the best players clash in Rome at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club from September 25 next year.
And, while the US team is already taking shape ahead of their Presidents Cup match against the ‘Rest of the World’ squad this September, European hopefuls will get their quest under way starting at the BMW PGA Championship next week.
The qualification process will conclude on September 3, 2023, a full three weeks ahead of the Ryder Cup week, when the six players who qualify automatically will be confirmed. These six automatic qualifiers will comprise the three leading players on the European Points List followed by the three leading players on the World Points List.
European Captain Donald will then select a further six Captain’s Picks to complete his 12-man team to face the United States.
Another change, agreed by Captain Donald, Vice Captains Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari and the DP World Tour Tournament Committee, 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) as outlined in the table below.
- Majors / DP World Tour Championship 6,000 points
- Other Rolex Series events / World Golf Championships 5,000 points
- Events of US$5 million or over 3,500 points
- Events of US$2 million or over 2,500 points
- Events under US$2 million 1,500 points
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.
Captain Donald said: “These changes to the qualification process for Team Europe follow in-depth analysis with the team at Ryder Cup Europe and with Thomas and Edoardo. I’m delighted that when we presented our thoughts to the Tournament Committee, they were 100 per cent 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.
“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.”
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