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Ahead of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club, I will have had over two years to watch players grow their games, hone their crafts and inch their way up the standings of the Official World Golf Ranking. As captain of the International Team, there are a number of responsibilities that fall on my plate (some more exciting than others), but none get my blood pumping more than watching our guys play to their full potential. Beginning with Si Woo Kim’s win at The American Express, nine international players have won on the PGA TOUR over the last 27 events, including Hideki’s historic triumph at the Masters. In addition, there have been several victories of note on the European Tour, including Min Woo Lee, Lucas Herbert, Dean Burmester and Garrick Higgo, who has notched wins on both Tours.
Something that I thought was very important and I wanted to take a close look at in my captaincy was the qualification criteria for our 2022 International Team. We have to make sure that we have a system which could identify the players that are in the best form leading up to the Presidents Cup.
With that as a backdrop, we have revamped the qualification system for the International Team to ensure we have the best 12 players onsite at Quail Hollow.
The 2022 Presidents Cup International Team qualification period will run from the 2021 Open Championship through the 2022 BMW Championship. The Team will be comprised of the top eight players from the Presidents Cup International Team Points List, followed by four Captain’s selections.
The International Team Points System will operate similarly to that of the Official World Golf Ranking, except it will use a unique calculation to determine field strength and the quantity of points awarded per event. While major championship winners will receive 100 points, there will be no other alternative minimum event points.
International Team Points earned from the 2022 PGA Championship through the 2022 BMW Championship will be given a 25% premium. The ranking will be determined by the average points awarded in the qualifying period. To be eligible from the Presidents Cup International Team Points List, a player must compete in 15 or more events.
This is something my team and I have spent a lot of time looking into while running different models from previous Presidents Cups, and we believe this is the best system to identify the top eight players to represent our International Team at Quail Hollow.
Keep up with Team International content on Instagram (@presidentscupteamintl) and Twitter (@IntlTeam) and thanks so much for the support.
All the best,
Trevor Immelman – 2022 International Team Captain
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