Bjorn wants review of Europe's Ryder Cup qualification process


Newly appointed Europe captain Thomas Bjorn wants a review in the Ryder Cup qualification process ahead of the 2018 edition.

Bjorn was one of Darren Clarke's assistant captains in the 17-11 defeat to the United States at Hazeltine this year and was appointed to the senior role on Tuesday.

That loss was Europe's first since 2008 and led to Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood calling for a reform to the team's eligibility criteria.

Under the current system, only players with a European Tour card can be selected, a fact which ruled world number 13 Paul Casey out of contention.

Bjorn says he will review the situation with the Ryder Cup committee ahead of the match at Le Golf National in two years.

"We've got to have a system that presents us with a team that can win this trophy back. It's got to be right for the players but it also has to be right for what the European Team stands for," he told Sky Sports News.

"People are playing in America and all around the world and you've got to always review. I don't think that's down to whether you've won or lost that you need to make changes; it's about looking at what's right in front of you and how the players make the team.

"I think it's very important not to make any quick decisions on it. I'm still scribbling down on paper what I think is right and then I'll go to the people who make the decisions.

"I will review that with all of the people in that process, but no decision has yet been made."

Bjorn's appointment has been backed by Ian Woosnam, who the Dane criticised after being overlooked as a wildcard pick for the 2006 Ryder Cup, and he is grateful for the support.

He added: "It's fantastic to have his support. I'm grateful for all the past captains and the support I've had from them, and it's nice for Ian to come out and be so supportive.

"Sportspeople have a way of probably putting things to bed a lot sooner than other people do. It's a long time ago, so we go forward and we understand that this is about Europe, and the European team."