The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots - UPDATE

By: | Wed 28 May 2014 | Comments

Following on from his original article back in August 2013 looking at who could make the 2014 European Ryder Cup team - Matt Holbrook takes another look now that the season is in full flow.

Ryder Cup logoBack in August when the race began to make it onto The European Ryder Cup Team for Gleneagles in September 2014 I took a look the players that were in good position to earn a priceless spot.

8 months on I’ve decided to re-open the can of worms as a number of performances have left a lot of players with work to do to make the team.

It’s all change on the points list -

Race to Dubai August 13   

Henrik Stenson     
Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose
Matteo Manassero

Race to Dubai May 14

Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson  
Thomas Bjorn
Henrik Stenson

So as you can see only Henrik Stenson is in line to keep his place in tact.

As for the world rankings – not a massive amount of change. With Justin Rose still taking his place via the WR at the expense of the experienced Ryder Cup head of Lee Westwood (who himself was a winner recently on the European Tour).

World Rankings August 13  

Rory McIlroy     
Luke Donald     
Lee Westwood     
Ian Poulter
Sergio Garcia

World Rankings May 14

Rory McIlroy
Sergio Garcia
Luke Donald
Justin Rose
Martin Kaymer

Does captain McGinley have a difficult task?  You bet he does.

In the previous look at the team in August I looked at a number of players that were also in the running. With 3 picks you can see the problem that he faces. A good problem to him, but I wouldn’t envy him this time round.

So picking 3 from the following players is the task.

Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter Stephen Gallacher, Pablo Larrazabal, Joost Luiten, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez,  Lee Westwood,  Jonas Blixt and Francesco Molinari ??

My 3 would be – Joost Luiten, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell – but like the team this will no doubt change in the 150 odd days left until the showpiece gets underway.

Who would your 3 picks be? let's us know in the comments below

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