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McGinley opts for three picks at Gleneagles

ESPN staff
May 21, 2013
European skipper Paul McGinley has increased his picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup © Getty Images

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has announced he will have three wildcard picks in his side that will defend the trophy at Gleneagles next year.

Previous skipper Jose Maria Olazabal had just two picks for the team that staged a remarkable comeback at Medinah, but McGinley has opted to give himself as much flexibility as possible.

It means the Irishman will take five players from the world points list, four from the European list and make up the final 12 with his three picks.

"Hopefully, this will ensure I have the right players to face the examination paper that Gleneagles will set out next September," McGinley said.

"It gives me a bit of wiggle room. We could have inclement weather and it's a golf course we have played on the European Tour for at least ten years now, so there are guys with history there, and they could potentially be picks. There are a number of requirements I'll be looking at in tailoring the team.

"But you only need to look at the record books to see we haven't done too badly of late, so I didn't see the need to make sweeping changes."

When asked if the fact that just four players would come from the European points list might diminish the European Tour, McGinley added: "I can assure you, and I'll assure the players too, that the extra pick is more aligned to identifying people playing well on the European Tour.

"If you're not in the top 50 in the world and in the top events, it's so difficult to make the team. I feel that, by having an extra pick, I can keep an eye on who is playing well in Europe. If you're performing well, week-in week-out in Europe, I'm going to be looking closely at you as a potential pick."

With American skipper Tom Watson reducing his number of picks from four to three, it means the opposing captains will have the same number of wildcards in 2014.

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