Thomas Bjorn had been appointed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for less than a day when he announced the selection procedure for the 2018 match in the outskirts of Paris is already being assessed to ensure all the players he will require at the time will be available.
Bjorn, a vice-captain when Europe lost to the USA at Hazeltine in October, said a full-scale review into selection policy and planning is being undertaken by the Ryder Cup committee. Though he maintained it is too soon to discuss details, it is clear the Dane does not want a repeat of the situation that denied Darren Clarke the services of Paul Casey in the autumn because the Englishman had not taken up his membership of the European Tour. The same thing has happened with Sweden’s Carl Pettersson in the past, another who lives in the US and plays almost exclusively on the PGA Tour.
“There’s a lot of nuances…