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McGinley to make Ryder 'cold' call
01 Sep 2014 09:09
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley vowed to make his wild card selections in a "cold way" after a dramatic climax to the qualifying process in Turin.
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Stephen Gallacher needed to finish in the top two in the Italian Open to dislodge Graeme McDowell from the team for Gleneagles, but had to settle for third place despite a flawless closing 65.
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England's David Howell, who finished a shot ahead of Gallacher thanks to a brilliant 63, believes it would be a travesty if Gallacher was not handed one of McGinley's three wild cards on Tuesday.
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McGinley hailed Gallacher's "terrific performance" but also needs to consider the likes of Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood after the Deutsche Bank Championship finishes in Boston on Monday evening.
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Poulter and Donald were contesting the second FedEx Cup play-off event, while Westwood failed to qualify.
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"His performance this week will be very strongly in his favour when it comes to making the picks, but there's a lot of emotion around here at the moment and let's just put a little bit of cold water on it," McGinley said of Gallacher on Sky Sports 4.
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"He's got a lot of things in his favour, but other players do as well and I've got to be fair to everybody and do what I feel is best for Europe. I like to assess things in a cold way."
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