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Gleneagles form big factor for McGinley


Paul McGinley. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Paul McGinley. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Paul McGinley. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Players with good form at Gleneagles and experience of playing in bad weather will rank "very highly" in the list of contenders for one of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley's three wild cards.

McGinley announced he had increased the number of wild cards available from two to three for next year's contest, meaning nine places will be taken by qualifiers – the first four from the European points list and five from the world points list.

"We have acknowledged that most of our strong players in the top 50 in the world are based on the PGA Tour and I want to get a combination of that and I want to get guys who are representing and playing well on the European Tour," McGinley said ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

"I want them to have an opportunity to make the team because it's virtually impossible if you're not in the top 50.

"I think in the big scheme of things it's going to help the European Tour because guys who do show a lot of form on the European Tour, I'm going to be watching very closely.

"The big determining factor was that the examination paper at Gleneagles is quite different than it was at Medinah.

"We don't know what the weather is going to be like. I have to be mindful of all those aspects when I'm tailoring the team and this is why I feel I need a little bit of wiggle room.

"One of the criteria will be history on the golf course. I'm a great believer in horses for courses."

The decision brings McGinley in line with American counterpart Tom Watson, who announced in March that he was reducing his number of picks from four to three.

Meanwhile, tournaments won using anchored strokes will not be tarnished despite the ban which will come into effect from 2016, R&A officials have insisted.

David Rickman, the R&A's executive director of rules and equipment standards, said: "This is a rule for the future and it has no bearing on prior play or success with anchoring."