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Europe Announces Changes To Ryder Cup Qualifying System

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 05:37 Friday, 20 January 2017 05:27

Thomas BjornCanadian Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Steve Douglas/AP) — Europe’s team for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France will have an extra captain’s pick and is set to contain more in-form players following a revamp of the qualifying system in the wake of a big loss to the United States last year.

The aim is clear: To give captain Thomas Bjorn the best possible team to regain the cup.

Jolted by Europe’s 17-11 loss in Hazeltine, Europe announced changes that see the number of captain’s selections increased from three to four, while more points will be earned at events in the latter stages of qualifying to ensure that in-form players have a better chance of making the team.



Jim Furyk, Thomas Bjørn Appointed Next Ryder Cup Captains

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:55 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:30

Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn appointed 2018 Ryder Cup captainsCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jim Furyk was appointed as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years.

Furyk was a unanimous choice by the Ryder Cup committee.



John Jacobs, First European Ryder Cup Captain, Dies At 91

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:29 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:18

John JacobsCanadian Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91.

The European Tour announced the death of its “founding father.” A cause was not provided.



Thomas Bjorn Appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain For 2018

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 06:06 Wednesday, 07 December 2016 05:52

Peter Hanson and Thomas BjornCanadian Press

(Steve Douglas/AP) — Thomas Bjorn was appointed as captain of Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup team, a reward for his long and successful association with the event as a player and vice-captain as well as his commitment to the European Tour.

The 45-year-old Dane became the first Scandinavian to lead the European team, which will look to regain the cup at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018 after its 17-11 loss to the United States at Hazeltine in October.

“I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long,” Bjorn said, “and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years.”



Mickelson Closing In On Some Ryder Cup Records

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:17 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:01

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson was such a strong figure in the Ryder Cup with his voice that it can be easy to overlook his contributions on the course.

He was the catalyst for change when the Americans lost in Scotland two years ago. He was part of the Ryder Cup Task Force, and he remains on the committee. To listen to the players, Mickelson was the most motivational speaker in the team room.

As for his play?

“I’ve had a lot of fun,” Mickelson said. “More fun than you can ever imagine.”



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