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McGinley “Wait To See” If ET Final Series Will Be Good For Ryder Cup
The big purses at the new European Tour Final Series could have a big impact on next year’s Ryder Cup line-ups and captain Paul McGinley is watching with interest.
“We have to wait to see how it evolves,” McGinley said at the BMW Masters. “The one thing that has worked in our favor is that we have a level playing pitch in terms of points are here, and then they spike for the majors. That was it. The worry would be if somebody plays great for four weeks. You can basically make the team these four weeks. Is that a good thing? Probably not.”
McGinley himself made the 2006 Ryder Cup team very early on in the year and admitted that he found it difficult to keep his form in the build up to the tournament, which was a stark contrast to his 2004 appearance, where he played his way onto the team and took points in all his matches.
“I’m not saying it’s black or it’s white, or it’s a bad thing,” McGinley said. “If this Final Series were in August, it would be ideal. But it’s not. It will be interesting to see where it goes. If a guy plays great for four weeks, who’s to say he can’t carry it on? But if you were doing it to benefit the Ryder Cup, you’d have the series in August.”