Golf

Furyk wants more winners 
for US Ryder 
Cup team

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk said yesterday he wants winners on the American squad to take on Europe in the match-play showdown in France in 2018, and has tweaked the selection process accordingly.

The PGA of America and Furyk, speaking at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, announced minor adjustments to the selection criteria, to give PGA Tour victories greater weight and top-10 finishes in major championships slightly less.

The process will still see eight players qualify directly for the team based on points earned at events this year and next.

But now, only the Major winners will receive two points per $1,000 earned in those events.

Those who make the cut at the Majors will receive 1 1/2 points per $1,000 earned.

"If you finished third in a major championship, you earned more points than a winner in a PGA Tour event," Furyk said.

"And I really value winning. I want the guys that hit shots down the stretch, that have the guts, the fortitude, the game to win golf tournaments.

WINNING

"Winning a PGA Tour event with a strong field, to me, is more important than finishing third at a major championship."

In the September 2018 matches at Le Golf National in Paris, Furyk and his team will be out to end a lengthy drought on foreign soil, where the Americans haven't won since 1993.

In part because of the added complication of travelling abroad, Furyk said the deadline for his four captains' picks would be earlier.

He will name three players after the second US PGA Tour play-off event in Boston in early September next year, and make his final selection after the BMW Championship a week after, instead of the Tour Championship play-off finale.

- AFP

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