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There is not long to wait until the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup.

The latest biennial showdown between Team Europe and Team USA will take place at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club near Rome from September 29 to October 1.

This year’s battle is one of the most anticipated yet as Zach Johnson’s US side hope to win for the first time on European soil in 30 years.

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Meanwhile, the Europeans, led by Luke Donald, will be hoping to regain the trophy after their 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin two years ago.

Everything points towards an epic contest between the two sides  – but who’ll be lining up for Team USA, and how do the American players qualify?

Here’s all info you need..

How does qualifying for the American team work?

Team USA announced the selection criteria for the 2023 Ryder Cup back on February 28, 2022.

Eligible players earn points based on their performances throughout the qualifying period as follows:


  • 1 point per $1,000 earned at the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
  • 1 point per $2,000 earned at The Players Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Championship, WGC-HSBC Championship


  • 1 point per $1,000 earned at regular PGA Tour events beginning January 1  up until the BMW Championship (August 20)
  • 2 points per $1,000 earned for winner of the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
  • 1.5 points per $1,000 earned for all others that make the cut at the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open 
  • No points available at PGA Tour opposite-field events 

Qualification for the US team began back in March 2022 and ends on August 20, 2023.

At the end of the qualification period, the top six players will automatically earn a spot on the US team.

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When does qualifying for Team USA end?

Qualification ends on August 20, 2023, upon the conclusion of the BMW Championship, the penultimate FedEx Cup Playoff tournament.

When are the American captain’s picks announced?

Zach Johnson has six captain’s picks which will be made in the immediate aftermath of the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake, which concludes on August 27, 2023.

Will Zach Johnson pick LIV golfers?

Zach Johnson has the same number of wildcard picks as his opposite number Luke Donald, after the European picks were doubled from three following the 2021 defeat at Whistling Straits. But it is still unclear whether Johnson will select any LIV golfers as part of his team, should they not qualify automatically.

Johnson has remained tight-lipped on the subject, but said in July that LIV players are “technically” eligible to be part of his 12-man team.

“These guys that left the PGA Tour that had status and left to play on that other tour, the LIV Tour, they’re still members of the PGA of America, so they are still able to garner points,” Johnson said.

“They’re able to play in the PGA Championship as a result because that’s what the PGA of America runs. Obviously, technically, they can still be a part of Team USA.”

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