Rafael Cabrera-Bello vaults into European Ryder Cup team contention
With his third-place finish in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, Rafael Cabrera-Bello vaulted into one of the nine qualifying slots for Ryder Cup Europe as it prepares for its Ryder Cup defense in Chaska, Minn., later this fall. Cabrera-Bello moved to seventh place on the European Points List and sixth on the World Points List, knocking Thorbjorn Olesen out of a guaranteed spot.
The top four positions on the European Points List -- which receive automatic Ryder Cup invitations after the Made in Denmark Tournament near the end of August -- remained Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick. The next five positions from the World Points List to would fill out the remainder of the automatic qualifiers include No. 1 Henrik Stenson, No. 4 Justin Rose, No. 6 Cabrera-Bello, fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia -- currently listed as eighth -- and No. 9 Thomas Pieters.
European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke will choose the remaining three members of the squad sometime during the last week of August.
Here's a look at the top 12 in both lists, following the WGC-Dell Match Play Championships (current qualifiers in bold):
European Points List
1. Rory McIlroy 2,648,555.45
2. Danny Willett 2,057,054.91
3. Andy Sullivan 1,817,350.00
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick 1,629,579.09
5. Victor Dubuisson 1,609,574.60
6. Chris Wood 1,480,599.60
7. Rafa Cabrera-Bello 1,439,550.24
8. Kristoffer Broberg 1,404,569.76
9. Henrik Stenson 1,391,255.75
10. Thorbjorn Olesen 1,271,087.32
11. Soren Kjeldsen 1,151,586.06
12. Thomas Pieters 1,115,318.82
World Points List
1. Henrik Stenson 181.84
2. Rory McIlroy 178.68
3. Danny Willett 137.14
4. Justin Rose 122.14
5. Andy Sullivan 106.61
6. Rafa Cabrera-Bello 100.84
7. Matthew Fitzpatrick 98.72
8. Sergio Garcia 93.00
9. Thomas Pieters 85.70
10. Thorbjorn Olesen 81.96
11. Chris Wood 78.36
12. Victor Dubuisson 69.75
Here's a a look at the key dates in the European Ryder Cup qualifying process:
August 28, 2016: The leading four active European Tour Members on The Ryder Cup European Points List on this date or the end of the Made in Denmark Tournament, whichever ends later. In the event of a tie between Members (i.e. a number of Members having accumulated an equal number of points), placings will be decided by the Member with the higher ranking on the 2016 Race to Dubai Rankings;
August 28, 2016: The next leading five active European Tour Members on The Ryder Cup World Points List on this date or the end of the Made in Denmark Tournament, whichever ends later. In the event of a tie between Members (i.e. a number of Members having accumulated an equal number of points), placings will be decided by the Member with the higher ranking on the Official World Golf Ranking at that point.
August 29, 2016: The Captain, Darren Clarke, will choose (at his own discretion) the remaining three Members in the week commencing on that date.