“The best of both against the other, and for me the Ryder Cup is above all else. Ram said to UK Telegraph At the Open de Espana this week in Madrid, where he leads after three rounds.
As it stands now, US Ryder Cup competitors competing on the LIV will not be able to take part in next year’s semi-annual matches in Rome in keeping with the indefinite suspension issued by the PGA Tour.
The European team’s makeup looks more up in the air.
LIV golfers can still play in DP World Tour events as a decision on Commentary initially delivered by CEO Keith Bailey It makes its way through the British court system. The DP World Tour is the co-owner of the Ryder Cup along with the PGA of America, which means the outcome of the case could determine the status of the LIV golfers for next year’s team. As of now, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sam Horsfield remain in the European Team Qualifiers standings.
European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald was not asked specifically about LIV in last week’s Ryder Cup preview in Italy, but he acknowledged there was an additional element of uncertainty surrounding his side at Marco Simone.
“I really don’t know what my team is going to look like,” Donald said. “But I know, I suppose there will be some established players and some hungry players, new and young players who would like to make this team.”
If LIV players are allowed to continue playing the DP World Tour events, they will still need to qualify for the team based on the European team’s points system, or win one of Donald’s captain’s selections.
This year’s qualification system has been changed so that players cannot earn points from any tournament played against a Rolex Series event on the DP World Tour.
The Presidents Cup, which was held last month, was wholly owned and operated by the PGA Tour, meaning that suspensions granted to LIV professionals were carried over to matches. For the internationals, that meant they were without the services of Open Championship winner Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Anser, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri at Quail Hollow.
Ram, who was said to have turned down a lucrative bid from LIV Golf, said the suspension of either round should have no effect on the Ryder Cup.
“The Ryder Cup is not the PGA Tour and the European Tour is against the LIV,” he said. “It’s a period between Europe and the United States.”
Regardless of the outcome, one golfer, Ram national, and all-time Ryder Cup top scorer, Sergio Garcia, appears to have dropped out of consideration for the Ryder Cup. Garcia has not played on the DP World Tour since withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship last month and will not be able to play enough events to maintain his membership unless he plays the Mallorca Open this month. He gave no reason to pull out of a BMW, and was later seen at the football game in Alabama and Texas this weekend.
“It’s a complicated situation for Sergio,” Ram said. “I understand that he decided not to play, because the last time he played a championship on the European circuit it was not received well, although I imagine it will be different in Mallorca. In any case, there are still days left and you can still sign up” .
Garcia is taking part in this weekend’s LIV Golf event in Thailand, and presumably he will also play at the LIV Golf Invitational this month in Saudi Arabia.