That could change this year, but only if Nicolas Colsaerts fails to finish in the top two in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and Jose Maria Olazabal then springs a surprise.
So far Olazabal knows nine of his 12 players for Chicago next month and they have all made at least one appearance.
They are, in world ranking order, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Paul Lawrie.
Martin Kaymer, like six of the above part of the team that won at Celtic Manor two years ago, will join them if Colsaerts - joint seventh at halfway in Scotland - does not grab the last automatic spot off him.
By adding Ian Poulter, odds-on favourite for the first of two wild-cards, that would be 11 of the 12 with cup experience - but the question surrounds the captain's second pick.
Olazabal's controversial comments about Padraig Harrington over the last three weeks appear to make it highly unlikely that he will be called up and the Dubliner's 75 in America - 11 more than his brilliant opening round at The Barclays - perhaps dealt a fatal blow to his chances.
Thomas Bjorn has already been named as an assistant captain and Miguel Angel Jimenez is fancied to become another.
If that is the case, then Colsaerts may well be heading towards a debut regardless of how he plays over the closing 36 holes of the final counting event.
The 29-year-old Belgian headed into the weekend in joint seventh place on five under par, three behind leaders Richard Finch and Mark Foster.
Some pretty heavy hints - "we have plenty of experience" and "obviously it's a long-hitter's course" - have already been dropped by Olazabal, but they have been rather overshadowed by the furore over what he has been saying about Harrington.
It started at the USPGA Championship when he stated that Ireland's three-major winner needed "something extraordinary" to force himself into the reckoning.
Then on Thursday, minutes after Harrington had taken the lead with his 64 in New York against one of the strongest fields of the year, Olazabal said it would take "at least a win" for him to advance his claims for a call-up.
Not surprisingly, even more stories began to be written about the Spaniard's spat with Harrington at the 2003 Seve Trophy.
Olazabal felt his integrity had been called into question by his Ryder Cup team-mate over the repairing of marks on a green before he putted.
It was the sort of thing that might well have soured things for a long while, but after missing the cut at Gleneagles, Europe's captain insisted: "If people believe that is interfering with my judgment then first of all they are completely wrong - if that was the case I'd be failing as a captain.
"There is not a single bit of truth in that. I am looking at players, what they have done and I want to get the best players for that team, whoever they might be."
If Colsaerts climbs into an automatic spot, who would Olazabal then go for as his second wild-card, given that Kaymer has not had a top-10 finish since April and missed the final week of the qualifying race?
In that time Harrington has come fourth at the US Open, been on the leaderboard at the USPGA and now has led the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs.
Only two days to wait for the answer.