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Ryder Cup race to finish at Italian Open

Updated: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 09:17 | Comments

Paul McGinley: 'I look forward to being in Italy when the nine automatic qualifiers are determined.'
Paul McGinley: 'I look forward to being in Italy when the nine automatic qualifiers are determined.'

The European Tour confirmed that the battle to qualify for Europe's next Ryder Cup team will conclude at the Italian Open on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

Captain Paul McGinley will name his three wild card selections the following day, with nine players qualifying automatically, the first four coming from the European Points List and the remaining five coming from the World Points List.

Italian Golf Federation president Franco Chimenti said: "This is a great boost for the Italian Open and we are already counting down to what I am sure will be a very exciting week both for Italian golf and for the Ryder Cup.

"Of course, it would also be very special if we were able to welcome some of our own players to the team next year to follow in the footsteps of Costantino Rocca and Francesco and Edoardo Molinari."

McGinley added: "The Italian Open is steeped in history and is one of the great championships on the European Tour, and I look forward to being in Italy when the nine automatic qualifiers are determined."

Francesco Molinari, whose halved match with Tiger Woods ensured Europe won the last Ryder Cup outright thanks to the 'Miracle at Medinah', added: "It's great news for the Italian Open. You only have to look at how successful the tournament has been this week, and hopefully the Ryder Cup points finishing here will add to its profile.

"There is a long way to go, but it would be pretty special to qualify for the team at the Italian Open - that is certainly the goal."

The venue for the 2014 event, which was won in Turin on Sunday by France's Julien Quesne, has yet to be decided.

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