It's a huge fortnight on the DP World Tour as a number of Ryder Cup hopefuls have two final chances to catch captain Luke Donald's eye ahead of the much-anticipated clash with the United States at Marco Simone Golf Club, Rome, at the end of September.
Six of Donald's squad will qualify automatically via the European and World Points Lists and another six will require a captain's pick, which will be announced on September 4th at the conclusion of next week's European Masters.
|Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, Rome
|Friday 29th September - Sunday 1st October, 2023
|How to watch
|Sky Sports Golf & Main Event
|Europe 11/8, Tie 12/1, USA 8/11
|Adrien Dumont De Chassart
The European team will definitely feature three of the world's top five players - world number two Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Jon Rahm, and BMW Championship winner Viktor Hovland, who have all qualified for Donald's team.
McIlroy and Rahm are the top two in both the European and World Points Lists, while Hovland is in by virtue of being third in the World Points List.
Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood are on course to qualify via the World Points, although Matt Fitzpatrick could leapfrog both with a big finish at the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour this week.
Whatever happens at East Lake, it would be a huge surprise if the unsuccessful member of that trio fails to receive a wildcard pick.
The bigger question mark is over Robert MacIntyre, who is third on the European Points List but could lose that spot should he fail to perform at the Czech Masters this week. He is not certain to get a wildcard spot.
A veteran of five Ryder Cups, Justin Rose won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, staking an early claim for a wildcard spot. In a European team which lacks the experienced figures of previous editions, he looks a certainty to be included as odds of 1/33 suggest.
Shane Lowry made a belated Ryder Cup debut at Whistling Straits in 2021, winning one point in a heavy European defeat, and the Irishman will be itching for a crack at the US on home soil. Indifferent form in recent months has thrown his place into doubt, but Donald is unlikely to leave him out.
Austrian ace Sepp Straka came on the Ryder Cup radar with a win at the 2022 Honda Classic and he enhanced his claims by winning the John Deere Classic in July. A runner-up finish at the Open certainly didn't do any harm and odds of 1/5 suggest he's poised to make his debut.
Three-time DP World Tour winner Adrian Meronk claimed the last of those titles at Marco Simone, putting him on course to become the first Polish player to play in the Ryder Cup. A superb driver of the ball, Meronk will hope to solidify his claims over the next fortnight.
A possible wildcard in every sense, Ludvig Aberg broke all sorts of records as an amateur and he could be set for a Ryder Cup debut just three months after turning professional. The talented Swede looks set for stardom, but Donald could consider it to be too early in his development.
Danish ace Rasmus Hojgaard captured his fourth DP World Tour title in his homeland in July and he's the sort of mercurial talent who could perform well in fourballs. He is 4/6 to make the team, but his inconsistency is concerning.
If Donald wants more experience in his ranks, he could turn to Alex Noren, who was a member of the successful 2018 European team, winning two points from three matches as a rookie. Not the most exciting wildcard option, but he remains a steady PGA Tour performer.
A winner of the Mallorca Open in October 2022, Yannik Paul has been a regular contender on the DP World Tour this season but recent results haven't helped his case and he arguably lacks the sparkle of some of his wildcard rivals.
Another Marco Simone winner and Rasmus's brother, Nicolai Hojgaard has reignited his claims in recent outings, finishing sixth at the Scottish Open. He might require one more big performance over the next two weeks. Could he be paired with his twin?
Victor Perez went off the boil in 2021 when in touching distance of a place on Padraig Harrington's team and lightning has struck twice for the Frenchman, who has one top-30 finish in his last seven events. He's on the outside looking in as it stands.