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Times Are A Changing For Ryder Cup Skipper Selection

It has been announced that the current selection policy for Team Europe Ryder Cup captains is to change.

The decision to make the change to the current policy was made by the European Tour's 15-man Tournament Committee at Castle Stuart during the Scottish Open, led by Chairman Thomas Bjorn, and will come into effect in time to select Paul McGinley's successor.

Under the new plan the skipper for 2016, and for future battles with Team USA, will be selected by a five-man panel made up of the three previous leaders, the Chief Executive of the European Tour, and one member of the Tournament Committee.

Europe's Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, said: “This decision has come after a series of Tournament Committee meetings and, after much reflection it was felt that this change would see the most suitable candidate being invited to follow on from Paul McGinley at Hazeltine."

Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the Professional Golfer's Association, added: "With the expertise of three Ryder Cup Captains, as well as representation from The European Tour’s Tournament Committee and Chief Executive, we believe the new process to select Europe’s Captain is the best way forward. "