Francesco Molinari's Ryder Cup place is all but confirmed after he won this year's Open

  • The Open was crucial for Francesco Molinari ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup
  • Molinari is in a comfortable position now and should make it to Paris
  • Brooks Koepka is in pole position for the US after defending the US Open
  • Tiger Woods could well be considered after his superb outing at Carnoustie

Europe will try to win back the Ryder Cup in September after losing to the Americans at Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016.

Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn and Team USA captain Jim Furyk will finalise their respective teams in early September.

Here, Sportsmail‘s golf correspondent Derek Lawrenson assesses the current state following a dramatic Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Francesco Molinari's Ryder Cup place is all but confirmed after he won this year's Open
Francesco Molinari’s Ryder Cup place is all but confirmed after he won this year’s Open

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