European captain Harrington to reduce Ryder Cup wildcards

LONDON: European Captain Padraig Harrington Has Decided To Cut His Wild Card Selections From Four To Three For Next Year Ryder Cup In The United States.

Nine Of Harrington's Players Will Automatically Qualify For The 2020 Ryder Cup At Whistling Straits As A Result Of Points Earned On The European Tour 2019 PGA Championship At Wentworth, Southwest Of London And Finish At The 2020 Edition Of The Flagship Tournament.

Harrington Will Then Select Three Wild Cards To Complete His Team For Europe's Defense Or Team Golf Trophy They Won In Commanding Style In Paris Last Year.

" I Have Said On Many Occasions That One Of The Reasons For Recent European Success In The Ryder Cup Is Continuity," Harrington Explained In A Tour Statement Issued Wednesday.

" It's A Theme That Will Prevail Across My Captaincy And I Think You Can See That In The Overall Qualification Process For The 2020 Team," The Irishman Added.

" Having Said That, I Am Pleased That The (European Tour) Tournament Committee Agreed To The Change Of Wild Card Numbers.

" 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," The Three-time Major Winner Explained.

" I Am Also Very Happy That I Can Start And End The Process On The BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth.

" It's 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 Qualifying Race," He Said.