Ryder Cup policy ‘under review’ – Bjorn

2016 12 Ryder Cup
• Ryder Cup selection policy 'under review,' says captain Bjorn
• Offers hope to US-based players like Paul Casey & Russell Knox
• But the Dane warned that no radical changes will take place

RYDER CUP | THOMAS BJORN

Thomas Bjorn has revealed that possible changes to the selection policy for the 2018 Ryder Cup are being 'reviewed'.


The Ryder Cup captain, who was unveiled on Tuesday, offered hope to US-based players Paul Casey and Russell Knox – but refused to say anything radical would be in the offing.
"We are at the stage where it is under review" - Thomas Bjorn

In November 2015, the European Tour slashed the number of events players had to compete in to retain membership from 13 to five. Casey, though, didn’t opt in but denied making a stand against the Tour.

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However, in the aftermath of the 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine, Rory McIlroy admitted Casey’s absence ‘definitely hurt’ the Europeans and called for the 12 best players in the world rankings to represent the team in the biennial match.

“We are at the stage where it is under review,” said Thomas Bjorn. “We will take a close look at it and see if we feel we need to make tweaks.”

An overhaul to McIlroy’s liking, though, is seen as highly unlikely, given that the European Tour uses the Ryder Cup as a huge bargaining tool to get players to play in its tournaments.

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And Bjorn added that there shouldn’t be a kneejerk reaction to the defeat, which was only Team Europe’s second in the 21st century.

“It is very easy to say everything needs to change because we lost,” he added. “But we lost with criteria that worked for us in years gone by.
"It would be crazy to do any mad things to it" - Thomas Bjorn

“Don't take away the fact we won eight of the last 11 with a system that works very well. It would be crazy to do any mad things to it.

“At this moment of time we have not made any decisions.”


Should the Ryder Cup selection policy change?


Do you think the Ryder Cup selection policy should change to benefit the likes of US-based players Casey and Knox? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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