Rory McIlroy says it’s time for a change to Ryder Cup selection rules

No Laying Up interviewed Rory McIlroy.

“It should be the best 12 players from Europe versus the best 12 players from the U.S.,” Northern Irish world number two McIlroy was quoted as saying. “For me, there shouldn’t be anything to do with membership of tours.”

“To have a guy like Paul Casey not on our team when he is playing some of the best golf in the world right now, it definitely hurt us (at Hazeltine).”

Casey has recorded four top-four finishes in his last six starts on the U.S. PGA Tour. His absence did raise a few eyebrows, especially considering he is now ranked 12th in the world.

Could he have changed the 17-11 shellacking administered by the Americans? Probably not, but he would have done better than Westwood and Kaymer.

Casey opted not to retain membership of the European Tour. Rules stipulate that players must compete in a minimum of five tournaments outside the four majors and four World Golf Championship events.

“I know that isn’t as exciting in terms of captain’s picks and qualifying process and everything else,” McIlroy told No Laying Up.

It was a fascinating interview and well worth a listen (Here’s the link). The highlight for me was when Rory shared his perspective on winning Major Championships.