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Paul McGinley to delay Ryder Cup captain’s picks as ‘mark of respect’

Europe’s captain is already thinking long and hard about next year’s battle in Gleneagles.

McGinley: Europe hoping to defend Ryder Cup in Gleneagles next year.
McGinley: Europe hoping to defend Ryder Cup in Gleneagles next year.
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EUROPE’S RYDER CUP captain Paul McGinley will change the day he names his three wildcard picks as a “mark of respect” to his US counterpart Tom Watson.

McGinley had originally planned to announce his captain’s picks for the 2014 showdown at Gleneagles a day after the final European qualifying event in Italy next year.

But that clashes with the final round of the US PGA Tour Championship which will finish on a Monday in Atlanta.

Speaking at the BMW Masters in Shanghai where he is competing this week, McGinley said: “You could have one of the Europeans shooting a really low score on the final day of the Tour Championship and thus forcing the European Team captain to consider him as a wildcard pick.

“So it’s a move we’ve decided on also as a mark of respect to the US captain and the Tour Championship in the States so that now both captains will be announcing their picks on the Tuesday.

“The decision also gives me an extra day to think who I will pick and then I’ll be at Wentworth on the Tuesday to formally announce who the three players will be.”

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