Europe lost to the United States by a crushing 17-11 margin
at Hazeltine National last year, prompting the European Tour to
change its selection criteria for the 2018 edition in Paris.
Accordingly, Bjorn will have four wild card picks instead of the
three given to last year's captain Darren Clarke.
Tournaments in the latter half of the season will also be given
a greater points weighting to ensure the team contains the
players who are in the best form before the Ryder Cup begins.
"I'm confident that we're going to have the 12 best European
players representing us in France," Bjorn, who was named
Europe's captain in December, said.
"From my own experience when you make all your points in
November and December the year before, it can be quite daunting
to play in the Ryder Cup when you haven't played particularly
well for three or four months coming into it.
"I don't think you can, at any time in sports, take away from
guys that are in form."
Players will also now have to play a minimum of four European
Tour events outside the Major Championships and World Golf
Championships next season instead of five to keep their Tour
There will also be no Ryder Cup qualifying points available from
tournaments played in the same weeks as the European Tour's new
Rolex Series, a group of eight events with enhanced prize money
that begins with the BMW PGA at Wentworth at the end of May.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan
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