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The State Of Play For Shane Lowry And Ryder Cup Qualification

The State Of Play For Shane Lowry And Ryder Cup Qualification

Irishman Shane Lowry has been one of the most consistent European golfers on the PGA Tour this season but, with no tournament wins to his name, his potential Ryder Cup qualification will likely be a tight affair.

We've compiled all the info you need on qualification for Team Europe, and where Shane Lowry stands in the rankings ahead of September's Ryder Cup.

How is the Ryder Cup team selected?

The European and United States teams follow different selection processes for the Ryder Cup. For Team Europe, the selection comes from a combination of different points lists, as well as captain's picks.

Shane Lowry Ryder Cup Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy of Ireland during round 3 of the men's golf at Tokyo 2020. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The first players selected will be the first four players in the Ryder Cup European Points list after the conclusion of the 2021 BMW Championship, taking place from the 26th to the 29th of August. Also on the 29th August, the top five players on the Ryder Cup World Points list not already selected will be added to the team.

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Captain Padraig Harrington is then afforded three "Captain's Picks" of his own to complete the 12-man team.

When is the 2021 Ryder Cup?

The 2021 Ryder Cup will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 24th to 26th. Europe are seeking to retain the crown they won in France in 2018.

Is Shane Lowry On The European Ryder Cup Team?

As it stands, Offaly man Shane Lowry is set to automatically qualify for a place on the European team for this year's Ryder Cup. He stands in eighth place on the World Points List and will be the last of the automatic qualifiers as it stands.

Lowry sits on 232.21 points, with a healthy margin back to his next competitor, Robert MacIntyre on 186.49 points. With just one qualification event left to play, Lowry is well set to take his place on the team.

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Who else is on the European team?

Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, and Tyrrell Hatton can feel safe with their spots on the team, as they sit in the top five on both rankings tables.

As it stands, this is the European team for this year's Ryder Cup:

Shane Lowry Ryder Cup

For more info on this year's Ryder Cup, and a breakdown of the US team's qualification, click here.

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