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McGinley finalizing Ryder Cup qualifying process

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WINDERMERE, Fla. – Tom Watson announced last week that he was eliminating one of his captain’s picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup, but that move won’t affect Paul McGinley’s decision-making.

“Tom makes his decisions based on what he thinks will be best for his team,” the Irishman said Tuesday. “If he thinks the decision between four and three (picks) will make it a bit more competitive, that’s the way he sees it. I’m more concerned with my team.”

Last year, Jose Maria Olazabal’s team consisted of 10 automatic qualifiers (via a points system) and two captain’s selections. In 2008, Colin Montgomerie had three captain’s picks.

McGinley said he has discussed the qualification process with players at this week’s Tavistock Cup and will do so again at The Players Championship in May. Later that month, he will make his recommendation to the European Tournament Committee, with a public announcement to be made in June.

“I’m pretty sure what I’m going to do, but I haven’t 100 percent decided on it yet,” he said. “It’d be a tweaking of the system, rather than a changing of it. We’ve been fortunate that we have a qualification system that seems to have worked, based on success we’ve had the last two decades. It’s just a question of do I tweak it or do I not.”