Steve Stricker will have half his side chosen according to his needs with a revised points system in place ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Qualifying for the top six Americans also was extended by one week through the BMW Championship, the second of three FedExCup Playoffs events. Justin Thomas (No. 7) and Tiger Woods (No. 8) must now play their way up the order.
It leaves just 12 events for the US contenders to bank a place for the biennial showdown set for 25 September at Whistling Straits. The decision on whether fans will attend or not will be made by the end of June.
Due to the coronavirus delay, the PGA TOUR canceled 11 events of which nine pertained to the Ryder Cup. The Open Championship was canceled, while the the US Open has moved to the week before the Ryder Cup and the team already will have been set.
The Masters will be played in November.
‘With all the various changes to the 2020 schedule, it quickly became apparent that we would need to amend our selection criteria,’ Stricker said. ‘These changes were sparked by circumstance, but conceived with integrity in mind. In the end, we believe they will allow us to put our best team together.’
Stricker said fewer tournaments and only one major this year during the qualifying justified a one-week extension and the two additional captain’s picks.