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2020 Ryder Cup: Steve Stricker gets additional captain’s picks as PGA of America updates criteria

If in fact the 2020 Ryder Cup takes place, the selection process will look different than it has in the past. United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker was given a new formula this week with which to fill out his team. Previously, the breakdown had been eight qualifiers on points and four captain’s picks. Now, it’s six and six.

Because the pandemic shortened the season in which players were able to accumulate most of their points, the PGA of America decided to change things up. The U.S. clearly doesn’t want to get stuck with some of the players that are often included when sample sizes are small. Europe, on the other hand, currently has three captain’s picks.

“With all the various changes to the 2020 schedule, it quickly became apparent that we would need to amend our selection criteria,” Stricker said in a statement. “After many deliberate discussions, we collectively agreed that a smaller sampling of 2020 events — including just one major championship — would justify a one-week extension of the qualification window and an increase in the number of captain’s selections from four to six.

“These changes were sparked by circumstance, but conceived with integrity in mind. In the end, we believe they will allow us to put our best team together to compete at Whistling Straits in September.”

Qualifying will run through the BMW Championship at the end of August, and captain’s picks will be made the first week of September. Players have been accruing points since the beginning of 2019, but the more heavily weighted points were supposed to come in 2020, specifically at the majors. Obviously that has not happened, which is the reason for the change in team selection.

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