With 2018 upon us, thoughts are already turning towards the inevitable drama set to unfold at Le Golf National in eight months’ time. Thomas Bjørn will captain a European side eager to win back the Samuel Ryder trophy in September, taking on Jim Furyk’s United States in Paris.
Bjørn had the opportunity to run the rule over some of the brightest talent from the continent when he led his European team to victory in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia. The 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton both secured a maximum three points as Europe’s 12-man team came from behind to beat Asia on a thrilling final day in Kuala Lumpur.
Running alongside the EurAsia Cup, the calendar year kicked off with the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, with Chris Paisley taking the title and earning valuable Ryder Cup points.
The points race, which began at the REAL D+D Czech Masters last year, will heat up further once May comes around, when points earned will be multiplied by 1.5.
This change to the points system will come into effect at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the first Rolex Series event of the season. With plenty to look forward to the build-up to The 2018 Ryder Cup promises to be one of the most fascinating yet.