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Sunday 20 April 2014

Gallacher backs McGinley, Clarke twin appointment

BERNARD GALLACHER, a three-time European Ryder Cup captain, is backing an Irish dual mandate for 2014 and 2016.

Gallacher has put forward a suggestion that the Tour's tournament committee, which meets on Tuesday, should name Paul McGinley (pictured) for Gleneagles in two years' time and Darren Clarke for 2016 in the USA.

"I would go for Paul at Gleneagles and Darren in America, where he is very well known," said Gallagher. "I think a twin appointment would be perfect. There is a precedent and it is a good way out when two players are in the running.

"Paul has a good record as a captain in the Seve Trophy. He has played in three winning Ryder Cup teams and holed the winning putt in 2002. It seems a no-brainer to me."

The precedent cited by the Scot was the 2005 decision to name Ian Woosnam for the K Club in 2006 and Nick Faldo for Valhalla in 2008.

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