Friday, December 23, 2011

Races for Ryder cup spots hots up

The race for a place in the European Ryder Cup team continues in 2012 with qualification differing from the last competition in 2010 where Europe defeated the USA 14 ½ -13 ½ at Celtic Manor.

The team of 12 for the 2012 European team will be led by Jose Marie Olazabal and there are three ways of making it into the side. The top five players from Ryder Cup European Points List will automatically qualify for the tournament in Chicago. The next five players will be taken from the Ryder Cup World Points List, with the individuals with the highest standing at the end of qualifying period making the line up. Olazabal will then hand places to two other players, as oppose to the three captain’s picks that were available to Colin Montgomerie in 2010. Anyone following the US Masters betting online should remember that people will be playing with one eye on the Ryder Cup too.

Paul Casey and Justin Rose will be two of the players that will be desperate to make the European team next year after missing out two years ago in Wales.

Olazabal could have a big decision to make with regards to his two captain’s picks. Casey, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Miguel Angel Jiminez all sit outside the qualifying positions so would be relying on the nod from the European captain if they don’t accumulate enough points in early stages of 2012.

The USA captain David Love III will have the luxury of choosing four wild card picks, with the remaining eight players coming from the top end of the Ryder Cup Points List for the competition that gets under way next year on September 25 from the Medinah Country Club.

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