Furyk backs Ryder Cup tweaks
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US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has announced a few tweaks to the qualification system to ensure he has winners on his team.
The 46-year-old succeeded Davis Love III in the prestigious role and will be looking to defend the trophy in Paris next year after the US regained the Ryder Cup with a 17-11 drubbing of Europe at Hazeltine.
The 2003 US Open winner will still have four captain's picks to back-up those eight who qualify automatically but it is the way that the PGA Tour stars jostle for position on the points list that has been slightly altered.
PGA Tour victories will now have greater weight and top-10 finishes in major championships slightly less, with only the winners of the big four events receiving two points per $1,000 earned in those tournaments.
Players who make the cut at the majors will receive 1 1/2 points per $1 000 earned, and Furyk is happy with the changes that have been made.
"If you finished third in a major championship, you earned more points than a winner in a PGA Tour event," he said. "And I really value winning. I want the guys that hit shots down the stretch, that have the guts, the fortitude, the game to win golf tournaments... winning a PGA Tour event with a strong field, to me, is more important than finishing third at a major championship."
Furyk has also revealed that the deadline for his four captain's picks would be earlier and will name three of the four after the second US PGA Tour play-off event in Boston, and make his final selection after the BMW Championship, rather than the Tour Championship playoff finale.