US Ryder Cup team to shake up qualification criteria

Fatiha Betscher

Tiger Woods miles with a tuft of grass on his head placed there by Justin Thomas during a practice session ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

The PGA of America has reacted to the rescheduling of the 43rd Ryder Cup in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with team qualification changes.

USA Captain Steve Stricker announced a revised selection criteria for the U.S. Team that will compete Sept. 21-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

All points earned by U.S. players since qualifications began in 2019 will continue to be recognised.

The U.S. selection criteria will now extend through the second 2021 FedEx Cup Playoff event (BMW Championship).

And the biggest change to the points system for the American team will include the top six players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. team.

Previously, the top eight players had been expected to secure spots.

The remaining six players will be selected and announced by Captain Stricker following the 2021 TOUR Championship. Previously, the captain was to select four players.

Stricker remarked on the changes ahead of this week’s PGA Championship.

“We just thought that it was in the best interests of the team to put our best team forward to give us that flexibility to get the pairings that we feel are best, to get the guys playing, you know, that are playing well, maybe guys that suit that course better than some other guys,” he said.

“It just gives us a tremendous amount of flexibility. It was a decision amongst all of us that we thought was the good one and the proper one, and we’re sticking with it.”

  • 2019 Major Championships 
    • 1 Point per $1,000 earned
      • The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
    • 2019 WGC Events and The Players Championship
      • 1 Point per $2,000 earned
        • WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
      • 2020Regular PGA Tour events
        • 1 point per $1,000 earned
          • Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Dec. 3-6)
          • 2020 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
        • 2020 Major Championships
          • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner
          • 5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
            • PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Masters only
          • 2021 Regular PGA Tour events
            • 5 Points per $1,000 earned
              • Beginning January 10, 2021 (Sentry Tournament of Champions), through the end of the second FedEx Cup Playoff (BMW Championship); including The Players Championship and WGC events
              • 2020/21 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
            • 2021 Major Championships
              • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
                • Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship


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