Golf News for Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | Tournaments

United States Ryder Cup captain opts for only three captain's picks

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- United States Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson announced that he will trim the total Captain's selections for the 2014 Team from four to three players. Watson will make his choices in September 2014, prior to the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

The United States points system will determine the top nine players for the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team. The U.S. had implemented a four-player Captain's selection process since 2008.

The 40th Ryder Cup will be contested Sept. 26-28, 2014, at Gleneagles.

"Giving our players one more opportunity to earn a spot on merit, I believe, is the right thing to do," said Watson. "I will use all possible resources in choosing these three Captain's choices to complete the best possible team in order to win the Cup back for the United States."

The points system to determine the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team begins April 14, at the conclusion of the 2013 Masters.

"Tom is committed to do everything in his power to win the Ryder Cup, and his evaluation and research of the U.S. qualifying system is just another example of his dedication to identify the best players for the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop.

At closer glance, the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup points system:
• Prize money earned in the 2013 major championships (Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship): One point is awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.
• Prize money earned in 2014 PGA Tour events, beginning Oct. 7, 2013, at the Open through the 2014 PGA Championship, ending Aug. 10, 2014. One point is awarded for every $1,000 earned, excluding the major championships, events played opposite major championships and events played opposite World Golf Championships; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.
• Prize money earned for the 2014 major championships: (Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and the PGA Championship). Two points are awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.
• Prize money earned in 2014 events played opposite the major championships and opposite World Golf Championships between Jan. 1 and the 2014 PGA Championship - one-half point will be awarded for every $1,000 earned; all U.S. players making the cut will earn points.
• U.S. Captain Tom Watson will complete the team with three Captain's selections in September 2014.

About Ryder Cup Captains' Selections
Utilizing the Ryder Cup Captain to complete team selections has evolved over the years:

Europe - In the 17 Ryder Cups contested since 1979, when players from Continental Europe first competed for the first time, there have been 10 occasions when the European Captain has made two picks (1979, '81, '95, '97, '99, 2002, '04, '06, '08 and '12), and six occasions when three picks were made (1985, '87, '89, '91, '93 and 2010). The only departure from this came in 1983 when all 12 European team members were taken directly from the Official Money List.

United States - The 1989 U.S. Team was the first to feature Captain's selections (2), and the format continued through 2006. From 2008 through 2012, the U.S. Team featured four Captain selections.

About the Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup began in 1927 when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold chalice that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. Since then, except for a span (1939-45) during World War II and following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon America, the Ryder Cup has been held biennially with the U.S. and Europe alternating as host. Since 1985, Europe owns a 9-4-1 advantage in golf's pre-eminent event.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

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