Nick Faldo has been chosen to captain the European Ryder Cup team for the 37th Ryder Cup matches at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008. If you want to know what exactly the captain does read our article outlining his roles and responsibilites. Nick will be hoping to lead the European team to a record 4th victory in a row.
Nick Faldo is a British golfer. Born in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire England on 18th July in 1957. Nick has had a colourful personal life (which we’ll leave to the tabloid press). He turned professional in 1976 and is one of Europes most sucessful golfers and has notched up over 42 titles .
Faldo first played on a Ryder Cup Team in 1977 at the age of 21 and then subsequently in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. So in terms of Ryder Cup experience – he’s got it!
Ryder Cup 2008
Nick Faldo is the non playing captain for the European Team who will be defending their title in the US in 2008. They will most likely be favorites to retain the title if the results of the 36th Ryder Cup are anything to go by. Despite the US players dominance on the tour they seem unable to shine in the Matchplay format of the Ryder Cup. Nick will be hoping this is someting his US counterpart will fail to crack in the runup to the 2008 event.
Ryder Cup Team Selection
The European Team will be selected on the basis of player performance.
Qualification for one of the 10 automatic places is based on points earned through competition however two events are used for selection: The Ryder Cup World Points List and the European Points List.
The Ryder Cup World Points List is comprised of Official World Golf Ranking points won by a European Tour Member from each tournament in which he participates in the 12 months preceding the competition.
The second league at which points can be earned is The Ryder Cup European Points List. This list is comprised of points (1 point = 1 euro) earned by a European Tour Member from all officially sanctioned events counting towards The European Tour Order of Merit in the same period.
The final team will comprise the leading five players from The Ryder Cup World Points list and the top five players from the Ryder Cup European Points List (not already qualified through the Ryder Cup World Points list).
As the European Team Captain Nick Faldo will pick two players on the basis of who he feels can add to the skills of the team.
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