Now that the point system for the 2004 Ryder Cup spans three years, the selection process features reduced points for the 2002 season. The points earned for the 2003 and 2004 seasons will remain the same as the existing format.
An American winner of a regular season event will earn 37.5 points in 2002, 75 points in 2003 and 150 points in 2004. Winners of major championships in 2002 receive 150 points, 225 points in 2003 and 300 points in 2004.
The top-10 in points after the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straights in Wisconsin will automatically qualify for the 2004 Ryder Cup. The final two players will be picked by the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, who will be named after the 2002 Ryder Cup.
'The events last week which forced a postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup Matches did not detract from our responsibility to recognize and reward player performance leading up to the 2004 Matches,' said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey. 'Under these unique circumstances, we felt it was essential to develop a points system which accounts for player performance in 2002.'
The 2002 Ryder Cup will now take place at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England while the 2004 matches will emanate from Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.
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