The European Tour have posted new membership regulation changes that will effect Ryder Cup qualification and maybe just maybe offer previously snubbed Paul Casey an olive branch towards pulling on the blue of Europe in 2018. He'll just need to play four ET events outside the Majors and WGC's to become a member again. And there's another Captain's Pick.

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Will Paul Casey make Europe great again at the 2018 Ryder Cup?

The full new rules are on the European Tour site here.

European Tour Membership:

● Membership criteria of the European Tour to be dropped from five tournaments to four tournaments (outside the Majors and WGCs) for the 2018 season.

Qualification for The 2018 Ryder Cup Team:

● Ryder Cup qualification points (both R2D Points and World Points) to be multiplied by 1.5 for tournaments later in the qualification process. The starting point for this will be the BMW PGA Championship in 2018.

● No Ryder Cup qualification points will be available from tournaments staged anywhere in the world opposite Rolex Series tournaments in both 2017 and 2018.

● Qualification for the 2018 team to change to four players from the Ryder Cup European Points List, four from the Ryder Cup World Points List and four Wild Card picks for Captain Bjørn.

Ryder Cup Qualification – General:

● Players must be a member of the European Tour to be eligible to play for Europe.

● Players cannot be a European Ryder Cup Captain or a Vice-Captain if they decline membership of the European Tour or fail to fulfil their minimum event obligation in any season, from 2018 onwards.

So no toys being thrown out of the pram anymore for Casey.

Basically you need to be playing well closer to Ryder Cup or you wont make it.

And the Rolex Series is enshrined as sacred with no points offered anywhere else while those events are on.

And Tommy Bjorn now gets four picks. Is this good or bad?

Will the players be happy with one less qualifying spot on offer? Is Tommy B likely to pick one of his ould mates over a young in-form buck when the time comes? I hope not. I'm still over Alex Noren not playing last time.

To finish on a positive ClubsToHire ambassador David Howell is the newly appointed head of the Player's Committee on the European Tour. He's a good guy and will do a great job.

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