Europe's nine automatic selections are now Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Shane Lowry. The remaining spots on the team will be filled by players who have been selected as part of Europe's "Captain's Picks" process. These players will all get an opportunity to prove themselves against the best golf in the world.
Below is the list of players who have been selected as Europeans captains picks for 2021: Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson, Jhonattan Vegas, Andrew Johnston, David Lynn, Marc Warren, Richard Green, Ross McGowan, and Oliver Goss. They will join the nine automatic picks mentioned above.
The European Ryder Cup team was won by Europe last year for the first time in 12 years. This marks Phil Mickelson's second stint as captain after he led Europe to a 1-1 record in 2016. Here's how the 2021 squad compares with other recent teams: 2019 - Luke Donald (England), Steve Stricker (U.S.), Anders Hansen (Denmark), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), Thorsten Beck (Germany), Ernie Els (South Africa)
European Tour 2020 Ryder Cup Points
Winners of the European Tour's Points-Based Order of Merit... Lee Westwood, 3,128 points in 2020. 3. 2018 —Jon Rahm, 5,898. Francesco Molinari (6,041,521) in 2018. Tommy Fleetwood (5,386,955) in 2017. Henrik Stenson (5,289,506) in 2016. 2014 —Rory McIlroy, 7,149,503. 2015 —Rory McIlroy, 4,727,253. Henrik Stenson, 4,103,796 in 2013. Paul McGinley, 3,928,676 in 2012.
The prize for winning the European Tour is called the Green Jacket. It is given to the player who finishes first in the official money standings over the course of a season.
The earnings of players who finish in the top 10 are increased if they have "status" on the tour. This means that they can play in all European Tour events without having to pay entry fees. Players who finish outside the top 10 must pay an entry fee to play in these events.
Players gain status by finishing inside the top 30 of enough official events to meet their requirements or by earning enough points through the Order of Merit. The requirements vary depending on how long it has been since the last major tournament played but for example, players need to have finished inside the top 15 at least once in the previous five years to be considered for status.
There is no limit on how many times players can apply for status provided they meet the requirement each time.
Ranking of the top 20 players for EURO 2020
Europe is the current champion, having won in 2018 on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, south-west of Paris, with a score of 17 1/2 to 10 1/2. The next competition will be held on the Whistling Straits course in Haven, Wisconsin, from September 25 to 27, 2020. In 2008, the Ryder Cup was on exhibit. There are multiple display cases featuring artifacts from past matches along with videos of each presentation.
Montgomerie, Colin Colin Montgomerie of Team Europe is rated #1. Colin Montgomerie is the best Ryder Cup player of all time.
The Ryder Cup teams are decided in a somewhat different manner from Team USA to Team Europe, but the essentials are as follows: Each team leader selects four players for his squad; the remaining players are chosen automatically based on point or money lists. If there is a tie for any position, the list will be re-drawn so that each captain chooses a player who is not already selected. The captains of both teams meet before they make their selections to discuss who might benefit from some competition (i.e., who isn't getting enough attention from their current captain).
In addition to choosing the players themselves, Ryder Cup leaders must also decide how many players each team will take to the course. The maximum number of players on either team is 14, and only 12 players actually play in each match. If a team has more than 12 players, the excess are removed from future Ryder Cups held during that period. Teams often remove lower-profile players in order to bring the total number of players on the team closer to 12. For example, if one team has 10 players and another has 13, that team could remove one player from its roster in order to fit 12 players on the plane to France.
There is a lot of discussion about whether it would be better to have more than 12 players on a team or not.
The European Tour is generally the first overseas stop for excellent players from Commonwealth non-European countries, and it is a key source of elite golfers like Greg Norman and Nick Price. These golfers often advanced to the PGA Tour as a second step. They usually have many years of experience on the European circuit before they earn their spot on the bigger stage.
Here are some famous players from the European Tour:
Harrison Irving "Jack" Nicklaus (United States) - He is the greatest golfer of all time and one of the most successful athletes of all time. Nicklaus won 73 career tournaments around the world, including 14 major championships. His overall record is 80 wins to 15 losses. He has been named the Most Powerful Player in Golf History by various publications.
Gary Nicholas Scott "Nick" Faldo (England) - He is one of the most respected players in the history of the game, and he has been referred to as "the king of fairways." Faldo won 77 professional events during his career, including five Masters Championships and one U.S. Open Championship. He also finished second seven times.
Craig Ticehurst "Tiger" Woods (United States) - He is one of the best ball strikers of all time and has been called the greatest golfer of our time.