One less wildcard pick for Team Europe in 2020 Ryder Cup

As part of the changes to the qualification process for the 2020 Ryder Cup, the number of wildcard picks for Europe’s team has been reduced from four to three.

The 12-man team will now include nine automatic selections – the first four players from the European Points List and the next leading five players from the World Points List.

European captain Padraig Harrington will then then name three captain’s selections the week after the 2020 BMW PGA Championship, exactly one year after the qualification period begins at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship.

“I am pleased that the Tournament Committee agreed to the change of wildcard numbers,” Harrington said. “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.

“I have said on many occasions that one of the reasons for recent European success in the Ryder Cup is continuity,” Harrington added. “It is a theme that will be prevalent across my captaincy.”