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Molinari, Rose Lead Europe’s Ryder Cup Qualifiers

By Staff and Wire Reports of Global Golf Post

Eight of the 12 players who will compete for Europe in the Ryder Cup later this month at Le Golf National in Paris were determined upon conclusion of the European Tour’s Made In Denmark tournament on Sunday.

Italy’s Francesco Monilari and Englishmen Justin Rose, Tyrell Hatton, and Tommy Fleetwood qualified on the European points list. Spain’s Jon Rahm, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Sweden’s Alex Noren and Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen qualified through the world points list.

Although the qualifiers include three major winners in Molinari, Rose, and McIlroy, the group is fairly inexperienced given that the remaining five are Ryder Cup rookies. Captain Thomas Bjørn will announce four captain’s picks on Wednesday.

Going into the Made In Denmark, Olesen’s spot on the team hung in the balance. The Dane could have been dislodged had Mathew Fitzpatrick or Eddie Pepperell won while Olesen finished seventh or worse. Fitzpatrick (T7) and Pepperell (T56) could not make a charge, ensuring that Olesen will be the third Danish player to play in the Ryder Cup, joining Bjørn and Søren Hansen.

Among the top candidates to round out the European side are Pepperell, Paul Casey, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Ian Poulter and Made In Denmark winner, Matt Wallace.

Republished with permission from Global Golf Post.