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Paul McGinley to delay Ryder Cup wildcard announcement
To avoid a situation that happened in 2010, European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said Wednesday that he will delay the announcement of his 2014 wildcard selections by 24 hours.
The point, McGinley said, is not to clash with the Deutsche Bank Championship -- the second leg of the PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs.
In 2010, Paul Casey and Justin Rose were notified during the final round of the Deutsche Bank that then-captain Colin Montgomerie decided not to use any of his picks on them.
"With no actual qualification points counting in the Deutsche Bank Championship, I was initially prepared to make my wild card announcement on the Monday (Sept. 2) -- the day after the final counting event, the 2014 Italian Open," McGinley said in an Irish Independent report.
"But I have had a rethink and I now want to delay 24 hours as I realize that some potential members of the team might well be playing in Boston that week. Realistically, I think it will have minimal effect, but out of respect for any players involved, I want to allow them to finish that tournament before I call them with news, one way or another."
The delay in McGinley's decision means that both the European wildcards and U.S. Captain Tom Watson's wildcards will now be announced on the same day -- Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 23-28 at Gleneagles Hotel's Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland. The U.S. is looking for its first victory in a Ryder Cup since 2008 at Valhalla and its first on foreign soil since the Belfry in 1993 -- the last time Watson was the U.S. captain.
You can follow all Ryder Cup news on the official site of the matches, www.rydercup.com.
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