Pádraig Harrington to take three Ryder Cup wildcards

Captain has opted to reduce the number of picks by one for Whistling Straits match

European Ryder Cup captain Pádraig Harrington will have three wildcard picks for the 2020 contest at Whistling Straits. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

European Ryder Cup captain Pádraig Harrington will have three wildcard picks for the 2020 contest at Whistling Straits. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

 

European captain Pádraig Harrington has opted for three wild cards instead of four for next year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Nine players will qualify automatically for the team via points earned in tournaments starting with the 2019 BMW PGA Championship and ending at the same event in September 2020.

Harrington will then select three wild cards to complete the team which will defend the trophy won in comprehensive fashion in Paris last year.

Harrington said: “I have said on many occasions that one of the reasons for recent European success in the Ryder Cup is continuity. It is a theme that will be prevalent across my captaincy and I think you can see that in the overall qualification process for the 2020 team.

“Having said that, I am pleased that the (European Tour) tournament committee agreed to the change of wild card numbers.

“I have spoken to a number of people regarding the ninth player automatically qualifying for the team and in my experience, a player is more comfortable when he has qualified, hence my reasoning behind this change.

“I am also delighted to be starting and ending the process at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. It is one of our most prestigious events, played at an iconic venue and the home of the European Tour itself, and will help give a real narrative to the qualification race.”

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