EUROPEAN Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will only have two wildcard picks when he selects his team for the 2012 match.
Olazabal asked for the changes – previous skipper Colin Montgomerie was given three wildcard picks ahead of the clash at Celtic Manor last year which Europe won by a point – and said he was “very pleased” the tournament committee had agreed.
“I just felt this would give the team the best chance to keep the Ryder Cup. That’s what we all want,” he said.
In another change, the European money list will now count ahead of the world points list for automatic qualifying.
“I looked over the last few qualification processes, going back to 2004, and was satisfied that my proposal would give me the strongest team,” he added. “I would like to thank the committee for their support.”