U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker will continue to have six picks in selecting his team for the 43rd matches against Europe in 2021, the PGA of America announced on Wednesday.
“We just thought that it was in the best interests of the team to put our best team forward to give us that flexibility to get the pairings that we feel are best, to get the guys playing, you know, that are playing well, maybe guys that suit that course better than some other guys,” Stricker said during a press conference ahead of the PGA Championship on Wednesday. “It just gives us a tremendous amount of flexibility. It was a decision amongst all of us that we thought was the good one and the proper one, and we’re sticking with it.”
The other new development: tournaments contested in the fall now will count for points. All points earned by U.S. players since qualifications began in 2019 will continue to be recognized. The U.S. selection criteria will now extend through the second 2021 FedEx Cup Playoff event, the BMW Championship.
The points system for the American team will include the top six players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. team. Previously, the top eight players had been expected to secure spots.
The remaining six players will be selected and announced by Captain Stricker following the 2021 Tour Championship. Previously, the captain was to select four players.
The Ryder Cup was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic to Sept. 24-26, 2021 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Here’s the full breakdown on how points will be earned:
2019 Major Championships
1 Point per $1,000 earned
The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
2019 WGC Events and The Players Championship
1 Point per $2,000 earned
WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
2020 Regular PGA Tour events
1 point per $1,000 earned
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Dec. 3-6)
2020 Opposite Field PGA Tour events will NOT receive points
2020 Major Championships
2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner
1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Masters only
2021 Regular PGA Tour events
1.5 Points per $1,000 earned
Beginning January 10, 2021 (Sentry Tournament of Champions), through the end of the second FedEx Cup Playoff (BMW Championship); including The Players Championship and WGC events
2020/21 Opposite Field PGA Tour events will NOT receive points
2021 Major Championships
2 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship