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6 European LIV stars set to miss Ryder Cup as Luke Donald preps new-look team

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Luke Donald will announce his Ryder Cup team next Monday, but the Englishman will be without some of Europe’s most experienced players following their move to LIV Golf

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With Zach Johnson ‘s U.S. Ryder Cup team finalised, it is the turn of Luke Donald and Europe next, as qualification to make the home team comes to and at this week’s Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Like their U.S. rivals, the hosts’ setup will consist of six automatic spots and six captains picks. Four of Europe’s big guns have already secured their spot, with Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton already part of the 12-man team.

The rest will learn their fate following the end of play this Sunday, with those missing out on an automatic spot waiting on a call up from captain Donald.

When it comes to the former world No. 1’s selection next week, the Englishman will be without a number of his most experienced players after a group of Europe’s biggest names opted to join the LIV Golf setup last summer.

Whilst taking a spot on the LIV roster does not make a European player ineligible, failing to hold a DP World Tour membership card does, and this is an option a number of stars opted take in recent months after the Tour were successful in sanctioning those who made the Saudi switch in April.

From the Ryder Cup’s record points scorer, to one of Europe’s greatest big-moment golfers, here is a look at six LIV Golf players who will not be making the trip to Rome next month.

Sergio Garcia

First up is Spanish star Sergio Garcia, who has been a mainstay in the European Ryder Cup setup since breaking into the team in 1999. There is no golfer in Ryder Cup history that has accumulated more points than Garcia, after surpassed former teammate Nick Faldo at the 2018 event.

Four years on though, the former Masters champion will not be able to add to his tally after becoming one of a number of LIV stars to hand in their DP World Tour membership. Despite being closer to the end of his career than the start, the Spaniard’s fiery personality and impressive matchplay form will leave a hole in Team Europe at Marco Simone.

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