The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots

By: | Tue 27 Aug 2013 | Comments

Gleneagels Ryder CupAs the race for the European Ryder Cup spots begins this week at the ISPS Handa Wales Open we take a look at some potentials names to miss out on automatic qualification as well as those that are looking ideally positioned in the Race to Dubai and World Rankings

If the team was picked today it would look like this:

Race to Dubai

Henrik Stenson                                                      
Graeme McDowell                            
Justin Rose                                             
Matteo Manassero                          

World Golf Rankings

Rory McIlroy
Luke Donald
Lee Westwood
Ian Poulter
Sergio Garcia

Plus 3 Captain’s picks

Missing from the list above are a number of the hero’s from the ‘Miracle at Medinah’.  Martin Kaymer, Peter Hanson, Nicholas Colsaerts, Paul Lawrie and Franceso Molinari would all miss out on automatic entry and would be relying on a Captain’s pick. There are also other names that may also come into contention.

Paul Casey – A good return to form this season following a long injury lay off. Picking up a win at The Irish Open.

Thorbjorn Olesen – Still really looking for that ‘breakthrough’ moment may well come into contention if he picks up a win between now and the event.

Thomas Bjorn – Just as Paul Lawrie did last year at Medinah, a string of good results for the experience Dane and he would be hard to overlook.

Joost Luiten – Some impressive performances in the R2D this term, including a win in Austria, and he could very well be making his way to Gleneagles.

Chris Woods – With bags of potential, and another player to pick up his maiden win this year Chris currently sits in 20th position on the R2D. one or two more good results may well see him jump up and into contention.

Whoever makes it into the team for the showpiece in Scotland next year one thing is for sure – With the list of players above you would expect Europe to be in a great position to reclaim the trophy on home turf.

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