NORTON, Mass. – While much of the focus this week has been on Tom Watson and who he may pick on Tuesday to round out the U.S. Ryder Cup team, European captain Paul McGinley may have the tougher choice when he announces his wildcard selections.
Conventional wisdom suggests McGinley will maintain the status quo for what has been a dominant European side and select Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood on Tuesday.
Of course, sentimental favorite Stephen Gallacher could make things more complicated if he were to finish in the top 2 at this week’s Italian Open and bump Graeme McDowell outside the automatic qualifiers.
“Paul’s going to have a tough decision to make,” said Rory McIlroy 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?”
Despite his status as one of the European team’s leaders, and the influence he had in making McGinley the European choice for captain, McIlroy said he has not spoken with the Irishman about any potential picks.
“That’s completely his call,” McIlroy said. “I’d never give my opinion on it. . . . It’s not for me to say who else I would want on the team.”