Task force increases captain's picks back to four


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – In 2006, at the urging of incoming U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, the PGA of America increased the number of captain’s picks for the ’08 matches to four.

Prior to last year’s matches, the PGA reversed course and reduced the number of captain’s picks to three, matching the number available to the European captain.

As part of the overhaul of the U.S. Ryder Cup process, the PGA increased those picks back to four on Tuesday at the urging of the 11-member task force.

“We thought it was a better format, eight players (qualifying) on points, four captain’s picks. Gives you a little more flexibility and captains a little more say on who is on their team,” said PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua. “It was unanimous that eight and four was the way to go.”

Bevacqua also pointed out there is no agreement with the European Tour to have the same number of picks for each side.

The PGA also reworked the point structure for players to qualify for the team. Players will earn 1 point for every $2,000 earned in the World Golf Championships and The Players in 2015 and 1 point for every $1,000 earned in this year’s majors.

Beginning in January 2016, players will earn 1 point for every $1,000 in “stand-alone sanctioned events” and 2 points for every $1,000 earned in next year’s majors.

The cut off to earn points will be Aug. 28, 2016, following The Barclays. Three of Davis Love III’s captain’s picks will be made following the BMW Championship and the final pick will be announced after the Tour Championship on Sept. 25, 2016.

Lost in that structure, however, are the fall events in the PGA Tour’s wrap-around schedule. Money earned in events like the McGladrey Classic, which is hosted by Love, will not count toward the Ryder Cup selection system.