McGinley won't pick on reputation

Paul McGinley says he will not shy away from 'tough decisions' in his role as Ryder Cup captain

Posted: 29 August 2013
by Alex Dawkins

Europe won all three Ryder Cups in which McGinley played (2002, 2004, 2006)

EUROPEAN captain Paul McGinley insists he will be ruthless when selecting his team to compete in the 40th Ryder Cup next year.

The race for Gleneagles officially began yesterday as McGinley, 46, hit the first ball at the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor, the venue where Europe won the 2010 Ryder Cup under Colin Mongomerie's leadership.

The Dubliner says reputations will count for nothing when it comes to the three captain's wilcard picks, and he will not be afraid to select rookies.

"I understand that along the journey that all captains take, some tough decisions have to be made," said McGinley.

"Some have been made already and some will be made going forward. I'm prepared for that and I'm prepared for the fact that not everybody is going to agree with my decisions.

"I'll meet any challenges I have head on and I understand that not everybody is going to be in agreement with the decisions that I make.

"I'm not afraid of having rookies on the team, and if those guys step up to the plate and play really well, I'll be delighted to welcome them to the team.

"Ultimately I'm looking for the guys who have played the best over the 12-month period and I have absolutely no hesitation about having rookies on the team or picking a rookie. Generally what I want is players who are playing the best."

The 2014 Ryder Cup will take place on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Hotel from 26-28 September, with Europe looking to defend the trophy after their sensational 14.5-13.5 victory at Medinah in 2012.

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