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Ryder Cup fever is starting to take hold on both sides of the Atlantic.
The 44th edition of the biennial battle is scheduled to take place at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club near Rome from September 29 to October 1.
Europe, led by captain Luke Donald, will be hoping to regain the famous gold trophy they surrendered in disappointing fashion at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin two years ago.
Zach Johnson’s US side, meanwhile, will be determined to make it two-in-a-row and win on European soil for the first time since 1993.
It promises to be another compelling edition of the historic clash – but who’ll be wearing the blue and gold of Europe, and how do they qualify?
Here’s the info you need…
How does qualifying for the European team work?
Ryder Cup Europe announced its qualification process for the 2023 Ryder Cup team on August 30, 2022.
Eligible players earn points based on their performances throughout the qualifying period as follows:
• Majors / DP World Tour Championship, 6,000 points
• Other Rolex Series events / World Golf Championships, 5,000 points
• Events of $5 million or over, 3,500 points
• Events of $2 million or over, 2,500 points
• Events under $2 million, 1,500 ponts
Qualification began at the 2022 BMW PGA Championship, from September 8-11, and concludes on September 3, 2023.
At the end of the qualification period, the top six players – three from a European Points List and three from a World Points List – will automatically earn a spot on the team.
When does qualifying for Team Europe end?
Qualification ends on September 3, 2023, upon the conclusion of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
When are the European captain’s picks announced?
European captain Luke Donald will name his six captain’s picks for the 2023 Ryder Cup on Monday September 4, 2023, the day after the six automatic qualifiers for Team Europe are confirmed.
The announcement will be made live on Sky TV in the UK and Ireland from 2pm-3pm and streamed simultaneously on rydercup.com and Ryder Cup Europe’s social channels.
Why does Luke Donald have so many picks?
In the qualifying era, no European Ryder Cup captain has had the luxury of six players to choose from. However, Donald believes that doing so will give him a line-up more capable of beating the US.
“The main reason is to give myself the strongest team possible,” he explained. “I think there’s been times in the past where some players have managed to win seven, eight months out and been kind of almost guaranteed to make the team.
“Giving myself more picks will give me an opportunity to pick the best in-form team.”
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