Captain Stricker given six picks for US Ryder Cup team

Stricker (left) and Harrington have both served as Ryder Cup vice-captains prior to stepping up this yearSteve Stricker will select half of this years United States Ryder Cup team after the PGA of America made changes to the qualifying procedure.

The coronavirus pandemic has actually resulted in the cancellation of qualifying occasions and a modification to the US choice criteria.
The United States play Europe from 25-27 September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
” With all the different changes to the 2020 schedule, it quickly ended up being apparent that we would require to amend our choice criteria,” Stricker stated.
” We concurred that a smaller tasting of 2020 events – including simply one major (the United States PGA Championship from 6-9 August) – would validate a one-week extension of the qualification window and an increase in the variety of captains selections from 4 to 6.”
The BMW Championship, which concludes on 30 August and is the second of the competitions that comprise the FedEx Cup play-offs, will mark the cut-off for points accrued through the season for US choice for the Ryder Cup.
Stricker will expose his captains tease 3 September, the day before the season-ending Tour Championship.
Europe are the safeguarding champions having won the biennial competition in France in 2018.
This years captain, Padraig Harrington, will have 4 wildcard selects to contribute to 8 who qualify through a points system.
European Tour chief Keith Pelley has already stated that a choice on the Ryder Cup will be made by the end of June.
The PGA Tour resumes on Thursday with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Fort Worth, Texas, the first occasion to be held following a three-month break since of the coronavirus crisis.
It is the first of five PGA Tour events that are scheduled to be played behind closed doors.
There will be live text and radio coverage on the BBC Sport site of all 4 days of the tournament.
BBC Sport golf reporter Iain Carter
After weeks of negativeness concerning potential customers for the Ryder Cup taking place in September, this statement indicates organisers remain hopeful it can happen.
If the match is played without fans, Stricker was the man who last week said it would be a criminal offense. He now wields big power over the make up of the US group since half of it will be made up by his selections.
With the guyss game about to resume in the United States, the PGA of America will be keeping an eye on carefully the success of forthcoming tournaments and particularly Julys Memorial occasion which intends to have some viewers present.

The United States captain will make 6 choices to add to 6 who qualify through a points system – the group generally has 8 qualifiers and 4 wildcards.

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