The prospects of future European Ryder Cup Teams have taken a blow this week, both on the player side and the captain’s side.
A player or captain must be a member of the DP World Tour to be eligible to play for Europe. Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter both resigned on Wednesday . While all three were fringe players at the event in Italy scheduled for 2023, they would have made sure-fire captains given the history of the group.
Garcia is the European leader in points with 28.5 and has an impressive 25-13-7. Westwood, with 11 appearances, is tied with Bernhard Langer for third place with 24 points. Poulter’s 15-8-2 record and 6-0-1 singles win has been a thorn on the Americans side.
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As was alluded to by a DP World Tour announcement this week , a player that has resigned from membership can request to rejoin the Tour the following year if he or she is still eligible under an exemption category. However, each case will be different and subject to further sanctions imposed for any subsequent violations of the Conflicting Tournament Regulation.
Here’s an overview of some future European Ryder Cup Captains. There are some new faces and some familiar ones.