Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

Chase to make European Team commences

The long and winding road leading from the rugged Alpine splendour of Crans Montana to the flat, green parkland of The K Club in Ireland begins this week as the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre once again launches the European qualification process for The 36th Ryder Cup.

30 July 2005

The long and winding road leading from the rugged Alpine splendour of Crans Montana to the flat, green parkland of The K Club in Ireland begins this week as the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre once again launches the European qualification process for The 36th Ryder Cup.

The countdown commences with the system, introduced for the first time for The 2004 Ryder Cup, which helped to produce a record 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory for Bernhard Langer's European Team over the United States at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.

Following that outstanding success, European Team qualification will once again be based on points earned through -- in order of precedence -- The Ryder Cup World Points List then The Ryder Cup European Points List, with five players from each list earning places automatically.

Captain Ian Woosnam will then select the remaining two players following the conclusion of the BMW International Open at Golfclub M,nchen Nord-Eichenried, Munich, Germany, on September 3, 2006.

The Ryder Cup World Points List comprises Official World Golf Ranking points won by a European Tour Member for each tournament in which he participates between September 1, 2005, and September 3, 2006.

For the final week of qualifying only, World Ranking Points will be awarded solely for the BMW International Open on The European Tour International Schedule. World Ranking points are allocated to all officially sanctioned tournaments (on any Federated Tour) and are allocated according to the event rating of the tournament.

Woosnam is relishing the start of the qualification process, six months after the announcement of his appointment as Captain.

For the next 12 months, one of Europe's greatest Ryder Cup combatants will be watching carefully, along with his Vice Captains, Peter Baker and Des Smyth, as the qualifying table unfolds across all five continents.

Woosnam enthused: "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to follow on from the fantastic achievements of Sam Torrance and Bernhard Langer in 2002 and 2004 respectively and for us to keep our hands on Sam Ryder's trophy.

"I know, too, that Tom Lehman (the US Captain) will be doing all he can to remove it from our grasp. But I also know that top of the agenda for both of us is that the true traditions of the game are upheld -- that fair play and good sportsmanship remain top of the agenda.

"I also have a great affinity for Irish golf and especially the Irish golf fans. They are tremendous supporters of the game and very, very knowledgeable.

"Winning back to back Irish Opens in 1988 and 1989 remains a highlight of my career, and now I look forward to creating a little history. Europe has never won three successive matches. I hope we can do that."

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