The composition of Europe’s Ryder Cup team is taking shape as six automatic qualifiers secure their spots following events at the European Masters in Switzerland. Matt Fitzpatrick’s strong performance, landing him in a tied-third place finish, secured his position as the final automatic qualifier, edging past Tommy Fleetwood.
Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg emerged as a strong contender for one of Captain Luke Donald’s wildcard picks by clinching his maiden DP World Tour title in just his second start. Aberg’s impressive final round of six-under par 64 left him at 19-under par, two shots ahead of fellow Swede Alexander Bjork. Fitzpatrick and Scotland’s Connor Syme trailed closely behind.
With no more qualification points available at the upcoming Irish Open, the six automatic spots for Team Europe have been solidified. Scotland’s Robert McIntyre is poised to make his Ryder Cup debut, securing the third spot on the European Points list alongside Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. Fitzpatrick joins Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton as the final qualifiers from the World Points list.
Captain Luke Donald is set to announce his six wildcard picks on Monday at 2 pm. It’s widely anticipated that Aberg will be among the selections, along with Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, and Justin Rose. The remaining two spots may be contested by Sepp Straka, Adrian Meronk, and Nicolai Hojgaard.
Reflecting on the possibility of being chosen, Aberg expressed his excitement, saying, “It would mean the world obviously. I think as a young golfer growing up in Sweden and in Europe, those are the events you want to be a part of, and if I ever get the chance to be a part of that, I’m going to be over the moon. It would be really cool.