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Casey & Rose deserved Ryder Cup spot - McDowell

ESPN staff
September 20, 2010

US Open winner Graeme McDowell has revealed that he believes Paul Casey and Justin Rose deserved to be a part of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The duo missed out on automatic qualification for the October clash against America, meaning they required two of Colin Montgomerie's three wildcard picks.

The Scot controversially overlooked them in favour of Edoardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald, despite their impressive credentials - Casey is the world No. 7, while Rose has two PGA Tour wins this year.

But McDowell insists that their omission just goes to show the strength of the 12-man European team that will enter battle at Celtic Manor.

"There's a couple of players who really deserve to make the team, Paul Casey and Justin Rose being two of those guys," McDowell said. "Unfortunately we just ran out of space this year, [and] guys played their way on to the team like Peter Hanson and Edoardo Molinari.

"The team is very impressive. You've just got to look at the wins and you've just got to look at the world rankings. It's got to be one of the best European Ryder Cup teams ever assembled.

"One of my big goals this year was to be part of that and I've achieved that and I definitely want to go there and perform.

"I'm fired up, no doubt about it. I've got a few days of practice lined up this coming week. Then it's down to Celtic Manor on the Monday and it's one of those weeks when you want to take your game with you to the Ryder Cup."

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