Italian Open to serve as final qualifier for 2014 European Ryder Cup team

Julien Quesne
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2013 Lindt Italian Open winner Julien Quesne might face a stronger field next year when the tournament serves as the last chance for players to earn a spot on the 2014 European Ryder Cup team.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 1:04 a.m.

VIRIGINIA WATER, England – The Lindt Italian Open has received a boost with its selection as the final qualifying event for Europeans to make the 2014 Ryder Cup team. 

The Italian Open ends next year on Aug. 31. 

Qualifying for the European team began three weeks ago at the ISPS Handa Wales Open. The top five players based on money from European Tour events and the top four players in world ranking points qualify. Paul McGinley will have three captain's picks. 

The Ryder Cup is next Sept. 26-28 in Scotland. 

After the announcement, the Italian Open is likely to get a stronger field than usual if top players are still trying to earn a spot on the team. It will be held next year the same week as the Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour.