Langer Believes Pair Can Still Make Team


Bernhard Langer believes that he has discovered a loophole through which Jesper Parnevik and Luke Donald might qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.
Parnevik, a Swede, and Donald, an Englishman, play the majority of their golf in the United States now. New European Ryder Cup rules state that to be eligible, you must play 11 European events.
European captain Langer found out this week at the Volvo PGA ' played in England ' that a player who tries to qualify for any of the majors is deemed to have participated in that major. And the four majors all are considered to be part of the 11 European events needed to qualify. There are still three remaining.
Both players have said that they dont want to jeopardize their position on the American money list by going to Europe this summer for extensive play. But Langer ' and European commissioner Ken Schofield ' believe the pair arent aware of the qualifying policy. And there is a British Open qualifier in the US.
I know Jesper is in the NEC Championship (which also counts toward the European requirement), so, yeah, he's already got a few tournaments that would lighten his load and maybe he'll reconsider, said Langer. And if not, then, you know, that's his choice.

The 11 have to be completed by the end of the season, not by the Ryder Cup date. Players must make a good-faith effort to complete the requirement.
Schofield said that one more way to qualify is for either player to win a major. That would earn the player lifetime status and remove the 11-tournament rule.