Ryder Cup Qualifying & Team Selection

Team USA Selection Process

The PGA of America altered the Ryder Cup qualifying process for Team USA in 2006. Instead of two picks, the Team USA captain selects four of the 12 US golfers on the team. The remaining eight positions will be filled by the US golfers with the highest number of points at the end of the qualifying period.
Points are awarded as follows:

  • one point for each US $1,000 earned in the four major championships for 2007 – the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship
  • two points for each US $1,000 earned in the four major championships for 2008
  • one point for each US $1,000 earned in any official PGA event other than the major championships and the World Golf Championship events, from the first day of 2010 up to August 2010
  • a half point for each US $1,000 earned in any event played opposite the 2010 major championships and World Golf Championship events, from the first day of 2010 up to 11 August

US golfers who finished in the top 10 in all official PGA events from August toNovember 2008 will be awarded an additional one-quarter point for every $1,000 earned, because this period preceded the new Ryder Cup team selection process.

Team Europe Selection Process

The Ryder Cup qualifying process for Team Europe is largely unchanged from 2008. The qualifying period started in September 2009 and ran until August 2010.
The captain picks three players. The five European golfers with the highest total world ranking points and the five players who top the European points list will make up the rest of the 12-man team. Where golfers occupy top-five positions in both ranking systems, the next-highest ranking players will be selected.
Standings in the European points list are based on euros earned by European Tour members during the qualifying period, with one point awarded per euro.
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