First week of qualifying in the books
The BMW PGA Championship, a Rolex Series Event on the European Tour, saw the beginning of the Ryder Cup Points Race and a win for former Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett.
The Englishman shot to the top of the Ryder Cup Points List after picking up 1,165.00 points for his triumph around Wentworth Golf Club.
It’s been a strong year for Willett, who finished the 2018 BMW PGA Championship ranked 462nd in the world but now finds himself ranked as high as 31st in the Official World Golf Rankings.
After tasting defeat at The 2016 Ryder Cup, Willett will no doubt be looking to avenge that result should he still qualify for the team at Whistling Straits.
Jon Rahm also put in a strong performance at Wentworth Golf Club. After battling with Willett for the most part of the final round, he eventually came up three shots short as he looked to add a third Rolex Series title to his name.
Although early days in the qualifying race, there is an eclectic mix of experienced players such as Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, as well as potential rookies in Norway’s Viktor Hovland, fan favourite Andrew Johnston, Open Champion Shane Lowry and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay all within the automatic places.
Without a doubt the team will chop and change majorly over the coming year, but if this week is anything to go by it looks as if Europe will be sending a strong team across the pond to Whistling Straits.