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2018 European Ryder Cup qualifying begins this week

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This week’s Czech Masters is the first event for players to earn points toward the 2018 European Ryder Cup team.

The yearlong process runs through next year’s Made in Denmark event, which is held at captain Thomas Bjorn’s home club. Though qualifying starts this week, points are weighted toward the end of 2018, with points earned from the 2018 BMW PGA multiplied by 1 1/2.

The European team is comprised of the top four from the European Points List, the top four from the World Points List and two captain’s picks.

This week’s field on the European Tour includes Thomas Pieters, Matt Fitzpatrick and Martin Kaymer, as well as promising up-and-comers Jordan Smith and Renato Paratore. 

The 2018 Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National in France.