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Team Europe Ryder Cup Points

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Updated list of contenders for a place on the team for the Ryder Cup 2010 are a combination of the two following lists – with the top 4 players from the World Points list and the top 5 from the European Points list automatically qualifying for a place on the team. These 9 are then supplimented by the Captains 3 “Wildcard” Picks.

The Ryder Cup World Points List

Position Player Name Points
1 Lee WESTWOOD 362.01
2 Rory MCILROY 239.88
3 Graeme MCDOWELL 235.60
4 Ian POULTER 209.74
5 Luke DONALD 203.59
6 Justin ROSE 190.42
7 Padraig HARRINGTONR 176.27
8 Martin KAYMER 165.83
9 Miguel Angel JIMéNEZ 149.51
10 Francesco MOLINARI 148.03

The Ryder Cup European Points List

Position Player Name Points
1 Lee WESTWOOD 2,850,937.87
2 Ian POULTER 2,191,637.79
3 Graeme MCDOWELL 2,135,603.38
4 Rory MCILROY 1,612,754.61
5 Martin KAYMER 1,409,689.08
6 Miguel Angel JIMéNEZ 1,405,289.69
7 Ross McGOWAN 1,344,158.70
8 Francesco MOLINARI 1,308,274.08
9 Luke DONALD 1,153,058.88
10 Alvaro QUIROS 1,085,547.54

The Race is On!

Friday, September 4th, 2009

omega-mastersThe race for team places in the European Team for Ryder Cup 2010 is now officially underway with the start of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre…

The points competition is for the 8 automatic places is up for grabs, but of course there’s also the very important chance to catch Montgomerie’s eye and play for a wildcard place.

With the Ryder Cup points now zeroed and all to play for Monty had the following to say…

It is a great opportunity for everybody to start from scratch this week in Switzerland and a great opportunity for everybody to make that Team, because I can speak from personal experience, it’s a fantastic atmosphere and a fantastic occasion to be involved with. It’s our Olympic Games, if you like, and I wish everybody every success in their attempts to make it.

Good Luck to all participants!

Reflections on team selection

Monday, September 15th, 2008

As the teams gather in Kentucky, some final thoughts on the two teams..

  • All of the controversy generated by Nick Faldo’s wild card selections (as we more or less predicted) will be forgotten about if Poulter and Casey play their part in a European victory. Of course, the opposite is equally true. If Europe loses and Ian Poulter struggles then the press will be on Faldo’s back all the way to Christmas.
  • Talk of an English bias on Faldo’s part appears to be unfair. It is possible to make an argument that both Faldo and Poulter have very ‘English’ personalities and that Faldo would find some of Poulter’s strengths more appealing than, say, Olazabal or Monty might. But to suggest that Faldo showed national bias in picking Poulter over Clarke stretches the point too far. Remember that if Luke Donald’s wrist was in good shape, he would almost certainly have taken Poulter’s place. And he’s English too!
  • Many have argued that the absence of Clarke and Monty will mean that the team will lack leadership. This remains to be seen but it’s difficult to imagine that a team with players like Garcia and Harrington will be a rudderless ship. Garcia has been sensational as a Ryder Cup player and there’s no reason to expect that he won’t play a leading role once more.
  • Paul Azinger has played the local card with his selection of JB Holmes. At the press conference where his final team line-up was announced, Azinger pointedly highlighted the fact Holmes was a local boy and that he was a bomber (hits it long off the tee!) before mentioning his name. Anyone who experienced the visceral roar that greeted Darren Clarke’s arrival at the first tee in the K Club in 2006 will understand how local passion can create a magical dynamic.
  • With all the talk about the loss of leadership on the European side, the US team has no fewer than six rookies on board. Monty has advanced the argument this week that Europe’s victory in 2004 came down to the rookies delivering. It’s obvious that a US triumph in 08 will require a significant contribution from these new players.
  • As for which pairing combinations would work the best, well, let’s just say that those scientists at CERN with the 17-mile long accelerator have an easier job than trying to work out the Ryder Cup pairings…

European Ryder Cup Team 2008

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The European Team for Ryder Cup 2008 is:

*Padraig Harrington (Ire)
*Sergio Garcia (Spn)
*Lee Westwood (Eng)
*Henrik Stenson (Swe)
*Robert Karlsson (Swe)
*Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spn)
*Graeme McDowell (NI)
*Justin Rose (Eng)
*Soren Hansen (Den)
*Oliver Wilson (Eng)
*Paul Casey (Eng)
*Ian Poulter (Eng)

Faldo Picks Ian Poulter and Paul Casey

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Nick Faldo has announced his wild card picks to complete his team for next months Ryder Cup Matches at Valhalla. Ian Poulter and Paul Casey complete the European Lineup.

Rose, Hansen and Wilson Qualify

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The final automatic slots on the European team have been filled today with Justin Rose, Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson qualifying as players 8, 9 and 10 respectively at Gleneagles today. Wilson beat Nick Dougherty to the final place and becomes the first European to play on a Ryder Cup team without winning on his home tour. The 27 year old admitted that he would have been uncomfortable to have been chosen as a wild card without a win under his belt but reasoned that qualifying for an automatic place means that he’s been playing consistent golf.

All eyes will now be on Nick Faldo who will be choosing his wild card picks to compliment the 10 players who have qualified. The team so far is Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson

New faces on the European team?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

With just 16 weeks of golf remaining before European captain Nick Faldo finalises his team for Ryder Cup 2008, it does appear likely that the European team will feature quite a few new faces in Valhalla.

Some of the veterans of the 2006 victory, and indeed of many previous victories, will have to play a lot of successful golf to climb back into serious contention for this year’s team. Previous European stalwarts such as Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Jose-Maria Olazabal are all facing an uphill climb to get themselves into contention on the points lists.


Olazabal won't be teeing it up in September

Saturday, March 29th, 2008


Jose Maria Olazabal, vice-captain of the European team in this year’s Ryder Cup is almost certainly going to contribute in a non-playing role only. Olazabal has played in seven Ryder Cups, most recently in Ireland in 2006. He has battled bravely against different forms of rheumatism and arthritis for over a decade, famously coming back from crippling arthritis in his foot to win the Augusta Masters in 1999. (more…)

Omega European Masters Kicks Off Race For Valhalla

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Omega European Masters

The race for a place on the European Ryder Cup Team for Valhalla (2008) began today at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland today.

The year long points race to qualify for one of the 10 automatic places on the Ryder Cup 2008 team began with this event in Crans-Sur-Sierre Golf Club in Valais, Switzerland. It’s the first event where European golfers can earn points towards qualification for Nick Faldo’s team who will defend the title against Paul Azinger’s US team.

Five of last years victorious European team are competing in this event Paul Casey, David Howell, Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson and Darren Clarke.

Faldo Names Assistants for Ryder Cup 2008

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

European captain Nick Faldo named his two assistants for the Ryder Cup 2008 as Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal. The proviso is that neither of them make the team… So, while both will be honored by the offer, it’s a bit of a poisoned chalice as both of them have stated that they wish to defend the title against the USA in Valhalla. Faldo can name alternative assistants should either of them qualify for the team.