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McGinley having hard time with his captain’s picks – and McIlroy isn’t helping

With all the upheaval going on in the US Ryder Cup team camp, it’s easy to forget that European captain Paul McGinley has as much of a – if not harder – decision to make before announcing his wildcard selections.

McGinley is widely expected to maintain the status quo and opt for three players whose omissions from the automatic qualification list is glaringly obvious, by selecting Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter this coming Tuesday.

Of course there’s also the sentimental pick, with fan favourite Stephen Gallacher stepping up his game to make the choice one of greater difficulty. And should Gallacher finish in the top 2 at this week’s Italian Open and nudge Graeme McDowell outside of the automatic places, well that would really place the cat amongst the pigeons.

Rory McIlroy, despite his status as one of the European team’s leaders and being a strong influence in making McGinley the European choice for captain, has distanced himself from his fellow Irishman by stating that he hasn’t spoken with McGinley about any potential picks.

“Paul’s going to have a tough decision to make,” Rory McIlroy said this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. “There’s a few guys that in previous years would have been able to make the team on merit and haven’t. Do you go with experience or do you go with form?”

He added: “That’s completely his call. I’d never give my opinion on it. . . . It’s not for me to say who else I would want on the team.”