Palmer Cup selection process undergoes changes

Team Europe, winner of the 2012 Palmer Cup.

Team Europe, winner of the 2012 Palmer Cup.

The selection process for the Palmer Cup, the annual Ryder Cup-style competition that features top collegiate players from the United States and Europe, will undergo its first change since the GB&I team expanded to include all of Europe for the 2003 event. Changes will be in effect for the 2013 event.

Each team will now be comprised of 10 players as opposed to the previous eight. The event will continue to feature 24 matches with every player required to compete twice. Players must participate in either the four-ball or foursomes matches and in one of the two rounds of singles matches.

The first six of these players will be selected according to the newly-created Palmer Cup Ranking, which uses Golfstat’s NCAA player ranking as a base. In that ranking, bonus points are awarded for high finishes and negative bonus points are given for poor finishes. Strength of schedule also is considered.

For the U.S. team, the remaining four players will consist of three committee picks and one coach’s pick. The final four spots on the European team will be the champion of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, two committee picks and one coach’s pick.

The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 8-7-1.

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