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New US Ryder Cup Qualifying System Announced

Monday, November 6th, 2006

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Well the worst kept secret in golf was formally confirmed today as the PGA announced that Paul Azinger is to be the US Ryder Cup Captain for 2008 as reported here last week. The more interesting part of the announcement at the Valhalla Golf Club (home to the 2008 Ryder Cup) was the newly unveiled qualifying system for the US Ryder Cup team.

A change was widely anticpated to try and stem the flow of US losses (the US have lost 6 out of the previous 7 Ryder Cup competitions, the last two by record margins). At an overview level the two main changes are:

  • Qualifying points become tied to the money list weighted towards the year of the competition rather than the two years preceding it as was the case this time around.
  • There will be only 8 automatic qualifying spots (as opposed to 10) and Azinger will get to handpick the remaining 4 places.

Read on if you want the detailed breakdown of how the new US Ryder Cup qualifying system will work. (more…)