Rory McIlroy calls for change in Europe's Ryder Cup selection process

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Rory McIlroy has called for a change in Europe's Ryder Cup team selection as he believes they did not take their strongest team to America last month. 

The British golfer wants to see the rules changed to ensure that only the top ranked players are picked, and he also called to scrap captains' picks as well. 

There was a number of glaring omissions from both Team Europe and Team USA at this year's tournament.


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Paul Casey, who is ranked 12th in the world, was not in Europe's team because he is not a member of the European Tour. Scotsman Russell Knox, also in the top 20 ranked players, was overlooked by Europe's skipper Darren Clarke, and McIlroy believes this hurt his team's chances of a fourth straight Ryder Cup win.   

The Sun reports him saying: "To have a guy like Paul Casey not on our team when he is playing some of the best golf in the world right now definitely hurt us."

He also mentioned he was in favour of a purely rankings based system, with the idea to scrap captains' picks altogether.

He added: "I know it wouldn't make it as exciting with no captains' picks but, honestly, it should be the 12 best in the world rankings from Europe versus the 12 best in the rankings from the US and you go play.

"That's the fairest and best way."

It's not just Team Europe that needs to reconsider their selection process, according to the world number two.

Bubba Watson, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, was not selected to play for the US and the decision did not go unnoticed by McIlroy. 

"America had Bubba Watson, the seventh best-ranked player in the world at the time, not on the team, I felt uneasy about that.

"You're saying, 'OK this guy is a good enough player but we don't want him on the team'. It's a difficult one."

The Irish golfer will be hoping the rules change before the next Ryder Cup tournament in 2018 when the two teams square off in France.

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