Changes Likely for European Ryder Cup Selections


European TourEuropean hopefuls for the 2004 Ryder Cup may be looking at a new selection process in the near future, reports the Glasgow Herald.
While nothing is yet official, Ken Schofield, the European Tours Executive Director, is apparently backing a new system of taking the top five European-based players in the World Rankings and then adding the five best on the European Tours money list, the Volvo Order of Merit.
After the initial ten slots are filled, the final two players would be made via the traditional wild-card picks by the teams captain.
Players have been asking for this sort of proposed system for quite some time, as many of Europes best compete in international events ' especially in America ' that do not count towards European money.
While many are hoping for the first 10 (or even 12) players to come directly from world rankings, this sort of a proposal should go over relatively well.
Said Schofield to the Herald: I hope that whatever system is introduced, it will reflect the fact that our players are competing more internationally. I have done my own analysis on every team since 1987, and, taking my personal preference to pick the teams, there would not be enormous changes.
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