“I think the proposals are fair to all players involved in the qualification process, whether they have already amassed points or will be looking to do so from next January onwards.” – Padraig Harrington
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 08/07/20 3:57pm
Ryder Cup qualifying points for the European team have been frozen for the remainder of this year after it had been announced the contest has been postponed until 2021.
The qualification process was initially placed on hold throughout the coronavirus shutdown and the world and European points lists were scheduled to resume upon the reunite of European Tour competition this week.
But, since the 43rd Ryder Cup will take place a year later than in the pipeline, the Tour’s tournament committee voted unanimously to suspend all qualifying points until January 1, 2021.
The Tour also confirmed that points earned from the start of the qualifying process, last year’s BMW PGA Championship, to the past event to complete in Qatar in March will continue steadily to count, and that captain Padraig Harrington will still have three wildcard picks.
A European Tour statement added: “One or more points multipliers could be introduced throughout the 2021 European Tour season to make sure that strong performance closer to the match in September 2021 is given added importance.
European Points List (at March 9)
|1: Tommy Fleetwood||Eng||3,927.42pts|
|2: Jon Rahm||Spa||3,747.50|
|3: Rory McIlroy||NIrl||2,679.44|
|4: Victor Perez||Fra||2,669.95|
|5: Matthew Fitzpatrick||Eng||2,197.41|
|6: Bernd Wiesberger||Aut||2,174.32|
|7: Tyrrell Hatton||Eng||2,123.37|
|8: Danny Willett||Eng||1,961.42|
|9: Lee Westwood||Eng||1,873.33|
|10: Marcus Kinhult||Swe||1,688.82|
“These will be agreed once the 2021 European Tour schedule has been announced and communicated to the Membership ahead of January 1.
“As in 2020, Qualification points will not be accessible anywhere in the world throughout 2021 from the tournament played opposite a Rolex Series event, further enhancing the status of the premier series of events on the European Tour.
World Points List (at March 9)
|1: Jon Rahm||Spa||217.22pts|
|2: Rory McIlroy||NIrl||171.19|
|3: Tyrrell Hatton||Eng||144.55|
|4: Tommy Fleetwood||Eng||134.95|
|5: Victor Perez||Fra||112.87|
|6: Danny Willett||Eng||92.68|
|7 Matt Fitzpatrick||Eng||91.11|
|8: Lee Westwood||Eng||79.38|
|9: Bernd Wiesberger||Aut||73.75|
|10: Graeme McDowell||NIrl||73.07|
“Overall, there will be no modification to the qualifying criteria ratified by the Tournament Committee last year: i.e. The first four qualifiers for Team Europe will come from the European Points list, the next five from the World Points list and Captain Padraig Harrington may have three wildcard picks.
“The change to the qualifying process maintains the normal length of the qualification period plus a further two months, as January and February in both 2020 and 2021 are included. The end date of the qualification period will be confirmed when the 2021 Race to Dubai schedule is announced.”
Harrington said: “I think the proposals that have been outlined today are fair to any or all players active in the qualification process, whether they have amassed points or will soon be looking to achieve this from next January onwards.
“The 2020 season had been heavily disrupted, and may continue being further impacted, by an amount of COVID-19 related issues when it comes to travel restrictions, quarantine regulations and individual personal concerns.
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“I feel that players should not feel under pressure to play and then the points tables should not apply from now until the conclusion of the entire year from a schedule that could change further.
“However, while this is the case, notable performances will still quite definitely count in my own considerations for picks when i maintain an enthusiastic interest in the shape of all possible Ryder Cup team members in tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic.”