DEREK LAWRENSON: Europe’s Ryder Cup roster system has turned into a failed flush…let’s hope future captain Lee Westwood will fix this mess
- Bernd Wiesberger making Europe’s last lock shows why the system is wrong
- The current roster system creates massive confusion ahead of the tournament
- Things have to change and move more to the US model by 2023
Shane Lowry went into the final event of Ryder Cup qualifiers and held the final automatic slot. One of the men who hoped to pursue him was Bernd Wiesberger.
At the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, Lowry finished 17th and Wiesberger tied for 20th.
In any sane world that should mean Lowry keeping his place and the fact that Wiesberger caught up to him illustrates why the European system that, while serving the continent well over the past two decades, is now a busted flush.
Bernd Wiesberger (left) qualified for a Ryder Cup spot due to a bizarre points selection system
There were many more insane illustrations.
Had Lowry won on Sunday it would have helped Lee Westwood’s cause to stay on the team, but had he finished second to sixth he would have knocked the Englishman out.
Enough of this nonsense where we have a Europe points list and a World points list and need the projections from a computer to tell us what’s going on.
Luckily for Shane Lowry, Captain Padraig Harrington chose him as one of three wildcard picks
It was hardly a coincidence that none of the players whose fate was in the air could get their heads around the labyrinthine permutations and play 72 holes well last week.
What a contrast to the black and white FedEx Cup in America where players like Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau and Harris English all performed over the course of three playoff events and gathered a lot of confidence and faith to take with them to Whistling Straits next week.
Let’s hope that when Westwood takes over the captaincy in 2023, he will have everything in order in time for the game in Rome.