Furyk announces tweaks to US Ryder Cup selection criteria


United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk confirmed a change to when his fourth wildcard pick will be announced for the next instalment at Le Golf National in France, while there has also been a tweak to the way points are accrued.

Under Davis Love III, USA thrashed Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine last year with the veteran announcing his fourth pick following the final FedEx Cup play-off event - the Tour Championship.

However, Furyk will make three of his after the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of the FedEx Cup events, before making his last following the third at the BMW Championship.

"We had great intentions and they worked out really well," Furyk said of the change in the system for Paris. 

"Looking to the future, that's something we don't have the opportunity to do going to Paris. Hopefully, we can identify the hot player like Ryan [Moore], just after the BMW."

Furyk has largely retained the points system that worked so well for the 2016 edition, but there is a tweak for points awarded during the 2018 majors.

Under the old system, two points were awarded for every $1,000 earned, but that will now be decreased to 1.5 to everyone bar the winner, who will still earn double points.

That means the reward for winning regular events in 2018, with players earning one point for every $1,000 earned, is more valuable.