Europe boast six players in PGA Tour final a week before Ryder Cup duel

James Corrigan
The Telegraph
Six of Thomas Bjorn's players will be in Atlanta a week before the Ryder Cup showdown in France - Getty Images Europe
Six of Thomas Bjorn's players will be in Atlanta a week before the Ryder Cup showdown in France - Getty Images Europe

Jet lag may be a concern to the Europe captain, but Thomas Bjorn is surely happy by the record representation of six Europe Ryder Cup players who have qualified for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta in the week before the biennial clash.

While the United States team boast 11 in the 30-man field which closes the PGA Tour season, Europe’s tally is four more than in 2016 and three more than 2014.

Jordan Spieth is the sole American in the US ranks to miss out on Atlanta, which is a huge surprise. It is the first time the 24-year-old has failed to qualify for the dollar-fest in his career and the 2015 champion’s problems do not end there.

Spieth is even in danger of being suspended from the PGA Tour for not fulfilling his minimum number of 25 events. Tour policy states players must start 25 events in either the current or previous season or else add one new event they have not played in the last four years.

Spieth played 23 events this season and his appearance at the Ryder Cup will mark his 24th start. Since he did not add a new event in 2017-18, he will come up one short. 

“I talked to the Tour a little while back and I didn’t really think much of it, and it becomes a situation then, you know,” Spieth said. “I obviously accept whatever fine it is and move on and try to add one every year, but it’s kind of tough.” Spieth will almost certainly only be hit with a fine.

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari and Paul Casey will play at East Lake, with Rose second in the rankings and one of the five guaranteed the $10 million (£7.7 million) should he win the tournament. Casey pulled out of the final round of the BMW Championship on Monday with a back injury, but it is understood to be precautionary.

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