Europe missed Casey and Knox at Ryder Cup, says Jacklin
By Tony Jimenez
CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Europe missed Paul Casey and Russell Knox at the Ryder Cup and the qualifying system needs to be changed to ensure the team features the best 12 players available, according to former captain Tony Jacklin.
U.S.-based Englishman Casey, who appeared in the biennial event in 2004, 2006 and 2008, is ranked 12th in the world but does not have European Tour membership and is therefore ineligible for the team.
Scot Knox, who is also based in America, is 19th in the rankings and was overlooked by captain Darren Clarke for one of the three wildcard picks.
"I don't think Darren had the best team," Jacklin told Reuters in an interview after holders Europe lost 17-11 to the United States at Hazeltine National on Sunday.
"The likes of Casey and Knox should have been in the team. Future captains need to have the 12 best players at their disposal - we need to look at the system.
"The European Tour should have rules that are conducive to being able to pick anybody born in Europe," said Jacklin who was described by ESPN last week as the man who saved the Ryder Cup when interest was waning at the start of the 1980s.
"Having to be a member of the tour in the modern-day game is a bit confining."
The 72-year-old Englishman believes the team should comprise eight automatic selections from the world rankings and European money list, with the captain having four wildcard choices rather than the existing three. Continued...