Bjorn to ring changes ahead of 2018 Ryder Cup

2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn calls for changes to qualification criteria. 

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Wed, 7 Dec 2016

Fresh off being named 2018 European Ryder Cup captain, Thomas Bjorn has revealed there will be a review to the qualification process to make his team at Le Golf National, France.

Bjorn, 45, has been involved with six winning European Ryder Cup teams as both a player and vice-captain, and experienced his first ever loss in the biennial event as one of Darren Clarke's assistants at Hazeltine in October.

With Europe being on the end of its heaviest defeat at the Ryder Cup since 1981, and a number of players including Rory McIlroy calling for a shake up, Bjorn has confirmed he and his Ryder Cup committee will be conducting a full-scale investigation into the selection policy.


This year saw arguably three of the most in-form European players of the summer fail to make the team in Alex Noren, Russell Knox and Paul Casey, the latter who was ineligible due to no longer being a member of the European Tour. 

But the Dane reiterates that no immediate decision to the qualification criteria has yet been made.

"We've got to have a system that presents us with a team that can win this trophy back," Bjorn told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It's got to be right for the players but it also has to be right for what the European Team stands for.


"People are playing in America and all around the world and you've got to always review. I don't think that's down to whether you've won or lost that you need to make changes; it's about looking at what's right in front of you and how the players make the team.

"I think it's very important not to make any quick decisions on it. I'm still scribbling down on paper what I think is right and then I'll go to the people who make the decisions.

"I will review that with all of the people in that process, but no decision has yet been made."

Bjorn becomes the fourth man from continental Europe to skipper the European Ryder Cup side, joining Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Bernhard Langer in doing so. 

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