McIl­roy calls for changes to Ry­der Cup se­lec­tion rules

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For­mer world num­ber one Rory McIl­roy has urged the Euro­pean Tour to scrap its con­tro­ver­sial rule bar­ring non­mem­bers of that tour from com­pet­ing in the Ry­der Cup, the Daily Tele­graph re­ported yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to McIl­roy, the ab­sence of United States-based English­man Paul Casey for that rea­son “def­i­nitely hurt” Europe’s bid to win the bi­en­nial team com­pe­ti­tion for a fourth suc­ces­sive time in Min­nesota last month.

Hold­ers Europe lost to the United States by a crush­ing 17-11 mar­gin at Hazel­tine Na­tional, prompt­ing the Euro­pean Tour to con­sider changes to its se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for the 2018 edi­tion in Paris.

“It should be the best 12 play­ers from Europe ver­sus the best 12 play­ers from the US,” North­ern Ir­ish world num­ber two McIl­roy was quoted as say­ing. “For me, there shouldn’t be any­thing to do with mem­ber­ship of tours. “To have a guy like Paul Casey not on our team when he is play­ing some of the best golf in the world right now, it def­i­nitely hurt us (at Hazel­tine).” Casey, the world num­ber 12, has recorded four top-four fin­ishes in his last six starts on the US PGA Tour and would have been one of the hottest play­ers on the Euro­pean team at Hazel­tine had he qual­i­fied for se­lec­tion. How­ever, the 39year-old is based in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, and has opted not to re­tain mem­ber­ship of the Euro­pean Tour where he would have to com­pete in a min­i­mum of five tour­na­ments out­side the four ma­jors and four World Golf Cham­pi­onship events. Europe cap­tain Dar­ren Clarke added three wild­card picks to the nine au­to­matic se­lec­tions to round out his team for Hazel­tine but McIl­roy would like to see the en­tire 12-man lineup qual­ify on merit in the fu­ture. “I know that isn’t as ex­cit­ing in terms of cap­tain’s picks and qual­i­fy­ing process and ev­ery­thing else,” McIl­roy told the No­layin­gup pod­cast. “But if we’re try­ing to make it the fairest way for the best 12 to make each team, I think that’s the way to go.” — Reuters

SHANG­HAI: File photo show Rory McIl­roy of North­ern Ire­land and Ser­gio Gar­cia of Spain at left waits at the 18th hole dur­ing the 2016 WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons golf tour­na­ment at the She­shan In­ter­na­tional Golf Club in Shang­hai, China. — AP

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