Selection criteria revised for U.S. Ryder Cup team

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker will continue to have six picks in selecting his team for the 43rd matches against Europe in 2021, the PGA of America announced on Wednesday.

The other new development: tournaments contested in the fall now will count for points. All points earned by U.S. players since qualifications began in 2019 will continue to be recognized. The U.S. selection criteria will now extend through the second 2021 FedEx Cup Playoff event, the BMW Championship.

The points system for the American team will include the top six players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. team. Previously, the top eight players had been expected to secure spots.

The remaining six players will be selected and announced by Captain Stricker following the 2021 Tour Championship. Previously, the captain was to select four players.

The Ryder Cup was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic to Sept. 24-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Here’s the full breakdown on how points will be earned:

  • 2019 Major Championships 
    • 1 Point per $1,000 earned
      • The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
  • 2019 WGC Events and The Players Championship
    • 1 Point per $2,000 earned
      • WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
  • 2020 Regular PGA Tour events
    • 1 point per $1,000 earned
      • Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Dec. 3-6)
      • 2020 Opposite Field PGA Tour events will NOT receive points
  • 2020 Major Championships
    • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner
    • 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
      • PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Masters only
  • 2021 Regular PGA Tour events
    • 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned
      • Beginning January 10, 2021 (Sentry Tournament of Champions), through the end of the second FedEx Cup Playoff (BMW Championship); including The Players Championship and WGC events
      • 2020/21 Opposite Field PGA Tour events will NOT receive points
  • 2021 Major Championships
    • 2 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
      • Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship

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