Yannik Paul Looking To Become Germany’s Third Ryder Cup Player
Yannik Paul moved into the automatic places on the European Points List after back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Thailand Classic and Hero Indian Open on the DP World Tour.
The German, who picked up his maiden DP World Tour title last year at the Mallorca Golf Open, climbed three spots to fill the third and final qualifying spot on 1,269.97 points.
And it could have been career victory number two at the Hero Indian Open having held a five-stroke lead after 36 holes.
However, it would be fellow countryman Marcel Siem who would take home the spoils after weekend rounds of 67 and 68 to win by one stroke.
Should Paul make his debut as part of Luke Donald’s team at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in September, he would become Germany’s third Ryder Cup player following Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer.
For Siem, his win in India was his fifth DP World Tour title and came more than eight years after his last in 2014.
Siem said: "Winning a golf tournament, being back in the winner’s circle now, it means everything to me. It’s just unbelievable.
"It was tough out there with Yannik, he played unbelievable. No room for errors.
"Coming from top 20s straight to a win (is unexpected). My goal this week was a top ten. I never really had the feeling that this was my week. I played with Joost in Thailand, he finished third there, Yannik came with a top two from last week so I thought I needed to do something special to win this golf tournament.
"Now I can choose and pick where I want to go again, it makes life a lot easier. I can prepare properly on the golf course, it’s a life-changer. I just can’t believe it. It’s amazing."
The win sees Siem climb 37 places on the European Points List into 17th place on 675.64 points.
Meanwhile, Shane Lowry leapfrogged fellow countryman Seamus Power to claim the second automatic qualifying place on the World Points List with 57.21 points after a tied fifth finish in the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic.
As it stands Rory McIlroy (1,856.50 points) Jon Rahm (1,850.00 points), and Paul (1,269.97 points) would claim the three automatic qualifying spots on the European Points List, with Viktor Hovland (65.73 points), Lowry (57.21 points) and Power (51.45 points) currently sitting in the top three positions on the World Points List.
The 2023 Ryder Cup will take place between Sept. 25 – Oct. 1 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy.
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