European Ryder Cup qualifying - who's in and who's out

Everyone will be relieved when the team is finally decided and Padraig Harrington has made his three captain's picks.

What we do know, we think, is that Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will get two of the three picks – the Spaniard isn't playing Wentworth this week and you would think that he has been given the nod while Poulter has also been mooted as a very strong candidate for a place on the team.

Then it gets a lot more complicated. Five spots are filled – Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland. At the start of the week Bernd Wiesberger was outside the European Points list but he is now on the inside looking out, sitting in a current tie for seventh.

That means Shane Lowry is now on the outside but he is also in that tie for seventh and could easily, there are double points on offer this week, play his way back in with a big Sunday on the West Course. 

To add further spice Lee Westwood also made the cut and is currently T43 and his fate may be determined by how Lowry plays. Then there's Justin Rose, five off the lead, who must win in order to automatically qualify.

To give you an idea of how volatile the whole thing is Lowry, when tied for the lead, was in the automatic spot and then played the next nine holes in one over and was out.

Then Lowry birdied and was back in but then Jamie Donaldson finished strongly and Adam Scott birdied the 18th, both getting to -12 and ahead of Lowry, and he was back out again.

Wiesberger needs just a top-50 finish to overtake Rory McIlroy on the European list and make the side with McIlroy then getting in via the World list.

And that would mean Lowry, Westwood, Rose or maybe Henrik Stenson would join Poulter and Garcia as picks.

All will be revealed...


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