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Ryder Cup Captains predict close match in 2014

Both European Captain Paul McGinley and his US counterpart Tom Watson predicted another close contest for The 2014 Ryder Cup to a packed conference at the Gleneagles Hotel at the end of the 2014 Ryder Cup Year to Go celebrations.

McGinley and Watson were giving their first joint conference to mark the end of two days of events which swept from the historic heart of Edinburgh Castle and onto Gleneagles, via steam train, bringing together the past, present and future.

Europe have won seven of the last nine biennial contests, including the 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback from 10-6 down last year, causing the PGA of America to ask Tom Watson to reprise his role as captain at The Belfry in 1993, the last time the USA tasted success on European soil.

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European Ryder Cup captain to be chosen by 5-man panel

The European Ryder Cup Captain, from the 2016 contest onwards, will be decided by a select five-man panel; it has been announced today by Ryder Cup Europe.

The 15-strong Tournament Committee of The European Tour – led by Chairman Thomas Björn – decided upon the change at their last committee meeting, held during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, a decision which has since been ratified by the Board of Ryder Cup Europe.

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European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley to have three Wild Card picks

European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley has announced he will have three wild card selections to complete his team for The 2014 Ryder Cup.

It is an increase from the two picks his predecessor José Maria Olazábal opted for before the trip to Medinah last September and will bring McGinley in line with his American counterpart Tom Watson who, in March, announced he was reducing his number of picks from four to three for the contest at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland in September 2014.

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McGinley thrilled with selection as Ryder Cup Captain

Paul McGinley was understandably “thrilled” to be selected to lead Europe in their defence of The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland next year.

The 46-year-old Dubliner, who becomes Ireland's first Captain in the event, takes over from José María Olazábal against an American side that will have golfing great Tom Watson back in charge at the age of 65.

McGinley holed the ten-foot winning putt on his debut at The Belfry in 2002 and was also part of the victorious sides in 2004 and 2006 before becoming an assistant to Colin Montgomerie three years ago and then Olazábal at Medinah - both wins as well, of course.

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Ryder Cup: Europeans script a miracle at Medinah to retain the Ryder Cup

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With the hosts needing just 4 ½ points from a possible 12, everyone but those 12 Europeans believed Sunday was no more than an American parade cheer lead by celebrating Chicago fans. But in a remarkable turnaround of fortunes, Jose Maria Olazabal’s men – dressed in navy blue pants and white shirts adorned with a silhouette of Seve Ballesteros on the sleeve – invoked the spirit of the great man to reinvigorate the team and climb the mountain needed to clinch victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Intense drama and suspense gripped the Medinah Country Club as the thriller reached a nerve busting climax with the teams all square in the final moments. It was left in the hands of four men locked in battle on the final two holes, not one of them had won a point this week, yet they carried the fortunes of their respective team in those gripping moments. Finally, the excruciating wait ended when Tiger Woods conceded the 18th hole to Francesco Molinari just moments after Martin Kaymer had ensured that the Ryder Cup would remain with Europe. Olazabal’s men turned eternal heroes by overturning a 6-10 deficit to clinch victory 14 ½ - 13 ½.

Kaymer made an immense clutch putt for par on the 18th to register the title defending point for Europe by taking a one up victory over Steve Stricker. It circled an eight point turnaround that helped Europe gain a 14-13 lead, which meant the cup they won at Celtic Manor in 2010 would remain in their hands. It was a vital point for Europe considering that Woods was already one up on Molinari by the end of the 17th. Even as Molinari played with monk like calm on the 18th to get within four feet of the pin, Woods muffed twice after getting within eight feet of the pin. He conceded the bogey to ice the cake for Europe and hand them an outright victory.

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