London - Former world No 1 Rory McIlroy has urged the
European Tour to scrap its controversial rule barring non-members of that tour
from competing in the Ryder Cup, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
According to McIlroy, the absence of United States-based
Englishman Paul Casey for that reason "definitely hurt" Europe's bid
to win the biennial team competition for a fourth successive time in Minnesota
Holders Europe lost to the United States by a crushing 17-11
margin at Hazeltine National, prompting the European Tour to consider changes
to its selection criteria for the 2018 edition in Paris.
"It should be the best 12 players from Europe versus
the best 12 players from the US," Northern Irish world number two McIlroy
was quoted as saying. "For me, there shouldn't be anything to do with
membership of tours.
"To have a guy like Paul Casey not on our team when he
is playing some of the best golf in the world right now, it definitely hurt us
Casey, the world number 12, has recorded four top-four
finishes in his last six starts on the US PGA Tour and would have been one of
the hottest players on the European team at Hazeltine had he qualified for
However, the 39-year-old is based in Scottsdale, Arizona,
and has opted not to retain membership of the European Tour where he would have
to compete in a minimum of five tournaments outside the four majors and four
World Golf Championship events.
Europe captain Darren Clarke added three wildcard picks to
the nine automatic selections to round out his team for Hazeltine but McIlroy
would like to see the entire 12-man lineup qualify on merit in the future.
"I know that isn't as exciting in terms of captain's
picks and qualifying process and everything else," McIlroy told the
"But if we're trying to make it the fairest way for the
best 12 to make each team, I think that's the way to go."