Ryder Cup Captain selection changes

This week The Ryder Cup Europe announced that from the 2016 contest onwards a select five man panel will decide who will take up the role of European Captain.

According to the PGA, the 15-strong Tournament Committee of The European Tour – led by Chairman Thomas Björn has decided upon the change a decision which has since been confirmed by the Board of Ryder Cup Europe.

The panel will include the three previous Ryder Cup Captains (Mcginley, Olazábal, Montgomerie) plus the Chief Executive of The European Tour, and one representative from the Tournament Committee, who will be nominated beforehand by the committee itself.

Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills said: “This decision has come after a series of Tournament Committee meetings and, after much reflection, it was felt that this change would see the most suitable candidate being invited to follow on from Paul McGinley at Hazeltine.

“The job of Ryder Cup Captain is an ever expanding and ever demanding role, and I think this decision perfectly focuses the three vital ingredients required in any selection process.

“These are: the immediate experience of the three past Captains which brings six years of vital knowledge to the table; the office of the Chief Executive of The European Tour, which outlines the wide-ranging political and practical requirements; and the Tournament Committee representative who will, having canvassed his colleagues on Tour, bring the feelings and wishes of the players to the discussion.”

Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the Professional Golfers’ Association, said: “With the expertise of three Ryder Cup Captains, as well as representation from The European Tour’s Tournament Committee and Chief Executive, we believe the new process to select Europe’s Captain is the best way forward.

“The Ryder Cup continues to grow and evolve, and we hope this new process will enable the European Team to continue the success they have enjoyed in recent years.”