Pelley: 'we'll change Ryder Cup qualification if needed'

European Tour chief executive reviewing process following discussions with players

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Mon, 7 Nov 2016

Pelley: 'we'll change Ryder Cup qualification if needed'

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley is looking into the qualification system for Europe’s Ryder Cup team after discussions with players.

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood – both members of the European team that lost to the US at Hazeltine – expressed the view that every European player should be eligable to compete for their continent despite the Tour he plays on.

Currently, golfers must compete in five European Tour events, outside of majors and WGC competitions to qualify for selection.

"We are always talking to our top players," Pelley told Sky Sports. "We are always listening to what they have to say. We are always adjusting and looking at our rules and regulations and evaluating whether we have the best formula to make up the Ryder Cup team.

"We also want to have the best possible team at the Ryder Cup, which is why we are having discussions regarding the qualification system now. We will continue to have them, we will have them with our players, and we will have them with our tournament committee and our board over the coming weeks and months.

"We will adjust the Ryder Cup qualification if we feel that we need to, but right now we are coming off a Ryder Cup and we are in the midst of our Final Series. Shortly after those we will have those discussions, and if we feel that we need to make the changes, we won't be afraid to make the changes.

"The Ryder Cup is a critical component of our tour and it is a sensational event. But it shouldn't be the only reason why someone wants to be on our tour."

 

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