Ryder Cup Europe and LIV Golf
Made the Captain, now it’s up to the team.
After the appointment of Luke Donald to lead Team Europe, the focus is now on who will be part of the team.
Guy Kinnings, director of the Ryder Cup Europe, on the sidelines of Donald’s presentation introduced a very interesting theme.
You will recall that three players (Ian James Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding) filed legal action, appealing against the exclusion, sanctioned by the DP World Tour, of LIV Golf players from the Genesis Scottish Open.
Pending judgment, the three were allowed to play the tournament.
Now, given that the Court has not yet expressed itself on the matter, Kinnings has stated that, in the light of things, even the players who signed with LIV Golf “have the right to play” the Ryder Cup.
Guy Kinnings, statements
“The position is not clear,” he continued
“… once the Ryder Cup qualification process is made public, the points will begin to accumulate”
“But I think we will find ourselves in the same situation as the PGA of America, which includes in the ranking players who are nevertheless subject to being admitted (to the Ryder Cup, NDR)”
In fact, Kinnings also stated that, in the event of rejection of the appeals, the Ryder Cup Europe is willing to adopt the same approach as the PGA of America, declaring the LIV Golf players lacking the requisites to take part in the competition.
The Captain also wanted to express his thoughts on the matter:
“I’m not here to talk about LIV players and whether or not they will be eligible to take part in the competition”
“It is all to be seen, and today it is a hypothetical question”
“But, for sure, we hope that in the coming months the matter will be clarified, so that we can start making decisions”.
The hand turns.
The Ryder Cup, officially known as The Ryder Cup Matches, is a golf tournament that takes place every two years, starting in 1927, between a selection of US and European players. The competition usually takes place in the fall, in September or October.