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7:47, United Kingdom, Tuesday 15 August 2023
The DP World Tour season continues this week at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, with time running out for players to try to qualify for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
The innovative event, sanctioned by the DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour, sees men and women play on the same courses at the same time, with the tournament one of only three events remaining in the Ryder Cup qualifying campaign.
The D+D Real Czech Masters next week and the Omega European Masters from August 31 to September 3 are the only DP World Tour tournaments where Ryder Cup points are on offer, with captain Luke Donald then naming his captain’s picks on September 4.
The top three players on the European Points List and the next three available on the World Points List will automatically qualify to feature at the Marco Simone GC from September 30 to October 2, live on Sky Sports, with Donald’s six picks to they then complete the series of Group Europe- above.
Masters Champion John Rahm and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy they already have an unassailable hold on the standings and will both play key roles for Donald’s in Rome, but many players are still vying for the bottom spot on the European Points List.
Robert MacIntyre moved up to third after finishing runner-up to McIlroy at the Genesis Scottish Open, following a tie-fourth finish at Made in Himmerland last week, with the Scot eyeing his Ryder Cup debut at the venue he won last year’s DS Automobiles Italian Open September.
MacIntyre has a 90-point lead over Germany Yannick Paulwho was in the automatic qualifying spots for large parts of the year after winning the Mallorca Golf Open last October and recorded five top-10s on the DP World Tour in 2023.
Adrian Meronc won the Italian Open in May and remains firmly in contention to become the first Polish Ryder Cup player in history, 129 points behind MacIntyre in fifth, while Tommy Fleetwood is in fifth place but is currently set to qualify via the World Points list.
Winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Victor Perez is in sixth and joins MacIntyre and Adrian Otaegi (ninth) on show this week in Northern Ireland to try and move up the Ryder Cup standings.
Rasmus Hodgsgaard and Shane Lowry are the other players currently in the top 10 who will both feature next week in Switzerland, while Jordan Smith (12th), Jorge Campillo (13th), Joost Luiten (14th) and the 2018 winner Thorbjorn Olesen (16th) will need a big finish. in the qualification campaign in the coming weeks if they are to take a latecomer spot.
What about the World Points list?
The two remaining FedExCup playoffs – this week’s BMW Championship and the season-ending Tour Championship from August 24-27 – are the last two PGA Tour tournaments for European players to qualify via the world points list.
Rahm and McIlroy also occupy the top two spots on this list, while Victor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrell Huttonand Tommy Fleetwood are next in line.
Sep Straka, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Adrian Meronc then round out the top 10, but with Lowry missing the FedExCup playoffs, Straka and Rose can make a real play to seal their spot in Rome.
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