Ryder Cup 2023: Team Europe latest qualification standings after Rory McIlroy’s Dubai Desert Classic victory

Ryder Cup 2023: Team Europe latest qualification standings after Rory McIlroy’s Dubai Desert Classic victory

Preparations are well underway and excitement continues to build as the Ryder Cup comes into greater focus, with a number of Europe’s top players making a sparkling start to 2023.

Team Europe get their chance to win the trophy back in September, when they welcome the Americans to Rome. The return to home comforts is a welcome one - it’s now 30 years since the United States last came to Europe and won.

They will back themselves to do just that in Italy though, with their record-breaking 19-9 win at Whistling Straits in 2021 still relatively fresh in the memory.

It remains to be seen whether those involved with LIV Golf will be eligible to compete in Rome, though it looks probable that will not be the case and as a result the likes of Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson have potentially played their final Ryder Cup matches.

The Saudi-backed breakway circuit has already disrupted the event, with the initial European captain Henrik Stenson stripped of the role after he joined the tour. His replacement is Luke Donald, who won the Ryder Cup each of the four teams he was involved as a player.

The Englishman will have six captain’s picks later this year, double the amount Padraig Harrington had in Wisconsin, after the new qualification process was confirmed.

Qualification for Team Europe began at the BMW PGA Championship in September, and will run through to September 3 this year.

The top three on the European Points List will be earn their spots on the team, as will the top three on the World Points List who have not already qualified through the European standings.

Unsurprisingly it’s currently Jon Rahm, after winning the Tournament of Champions and The American Express in his first two starts of 2023, leading the way. Victor Perez is well-placed too after victory at the Abu Dhabi Championship, while Rory McIlroy got his year up and running in style with victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Here’s how the qualification process is currently looking for Team Europe...

European Points List

(Players in bold currently qualifying)

Position

Player

Points

1

Rory McIlroy

1856.5

2

Jon Rahm

1850.0

3

Victor Perez

1216.32

4

Alex Noren

1017.5

5

Adrian Otaegui

953.48

6

Shane Lowry

942.33

7

Tommy Fleetwood

933.34

8

Tyrrell Hatton

848.66

9

Rasmus Hojgaard

834.67

10

Robert MacIntyre

773.89

World Points List

(Players in bold currently qualifying)

Position

Player

Points

1

Rory McIlroy

116.66

2

Jon Rahm

109.66

3

Viktor Hovland

56.33

4

Alex Noren

47.53

5

Shane Lowry

45.18

6

Victor Perez

42.43

7

Adrian Otaegui

41.77

8

Tommy Fleetwood

38.86

9

Seamus Power

38.04

10

Robert MacIntyre

37.70

Standings correct as of January 30.