Steve Stricker To Pick Six Wildcards For 2020 USA Ryder Cup Team

The US captain will be able to pick half of his team this year due to Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the qualification period

Steve Stricker To Pick Six Wildcards For 2020 USA Ryder Cup Team
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The US captain will be able to pick half of his team this year due to Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the qualification period

Steve Stricker To Pick Six Wildcards For 2020 USA Ryder Cup Team

There has been a huge development in terms of the Ryder Cup today with the announcement that USA captain Steve Stricker will have six wildcard picks for his 2020 team.

Due to Covid-19, the qualification process has been completely thrown up in the air and Stricker will now be able to pick half of his team.

Qualification will end after the BMW Championship, the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, ending 30th August.

Interestingly, the US Open, which takes place the week prior to the Ryder Cup, will have no impact on the team as it will have already been decided by then.

This news appears to boost the chances of the Ryder Cup going ahead, which looked likely to be postponed after Stricker last week said it would be "a crime" against the Wisconsin fans if crowds were not allowed.

The chances of it going ahead with fans now seems much more likely after this public announcement, especially after the PGA Tour announced that fans will return on-site at the Memorial Tournament next month.

If organisers knew the event was going to postponed, it would seem unlikely that they would make such an announcement.

As it stands, American players have been earning points this year as well as in 2019 during the Majors and WGCs.

The top six on the standings currently are: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Xander Schauffele and Webb Simpson.

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas have been bumped out of the top eight, with the USA previously having eight automatic qualifiers and four wildcards.

It remains to be seen how the European Tour respond to this, after Padraig Harrington told Golf Monthly that "mathematical models" are in place for picking the team for any eventuality.

The European Tour has to wait another six weeks until it restarts so the qualification process will need some major tinkering.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

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