With just two more events on the DP World Tour left in the Ryder Cup qualification race, it’s all up for grabs as the hopefuls jostling for Luke Donald’s attention have their last throws of the dice to book a spot in Rome.
Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland have already qualified for the European team, with Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood occupying the final two spots on the World Points List and Robert MacIntyre in possession of the final European Points List place.
Hatton, Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Sepp Straka will play out a four-horse race in the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta for those final two places available on the World Points List.
Just 20.55 points separate the top three, with Straka a further 34.16 points behind but with a good week for any of them likely to get them in. And in truth all four are expected to be included even if they require wildcards.
It’s the European Points List that offers the most intrigue with 20 players mathematically able to claim the final spot, and 14 of those in the field for this week’s D+D REAL Czech Masters.
MacIntyre leads the way on 1743.57 points, 90.67 ahead of Yannik Paul – with Adrian Meronk, Victor Perez, Rasmus Hojgaard and Adrian Otaegui all having at least a chance of moving above the Scot this week.
With 415 points on offer for the winner in Prague and at next week’s Omega European Masters then there could be some dramatic late movement in those Ryder Cup qualification standings.
Who can move into an automatic spot?
He’s been in and around the automatic spots pretty much all season, and looking at some of the other candidates for a wildcard he probably needs to qualify by right.
The German came off the Challenge Tour last season and won his maiden DP World Tour title in Mallorca at the end of 2022, hoisting him up into the higher reaches of the qualifying standings.
Paul needs to finish fifth or above in Prague to stand a chance of jumping back above MacIntyre, who replaced him in June.
Meronk needs to finish at least third on his own to stand a chance of moving above MacIntyre as he looks to become…