The road to Paris

The race to make Thomas Bjorn’s team is on, but which play­ing sched­ule will lead play­ers to Paris?

Golf World (UK) - - THE SPIN -

Just as there’s more than one way to skin a cat, there’s also more than one way to qual­ify for a Euro­pean Ry­der Cup team. Three, to be ex­act.

You could con­cen­trate on the Euro­pean Tour, know­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of great play will give you a good chance of se­cur­ing one of the four places on offer via the Euro­pean Points List. You could fo­cus on the PGA Tour, know­ing that a se­ries of strong fin­ishes will give you a good chance of get­ting one of the four places on offer through the World Points List. Or you could play a sched­ule that fea­tures a sim­i­lar num­ber of events on both tours, know­ing that a fine run of form will give you a good chance of qual­i­fy­ing on one list or the other. But which of th­ese three routes is most likely to en­sure a Ry­der Cup place? With the event just six months away, we stud­ied the seven Ry­der Cups since Europe in­tro­duced its cur­rent two ta­ble qual­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. Here’s what we dis­cov­ered.

*Europe’s two ta­ble sys­tem is based on the Euro­pean Points List and the World Points List. See www.eu­ro­pean­tour.com for full de­tails.

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