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Great Scots Could Be Key To Ryder Cup Victory

Paul McGinley has touched down at Gleneagles for the first time since he was appointed as Ryder Cup captain and the Irishman thinks the key to a Europe retaining the crown could be the use of local lads.

McGinley arrived at the Perthshire resort yesterday for his first site visit since he was appointed Team Europe’s captain for 2014 and thinks home grown players will help whip up the home crowd at Gleneagles.

McGinley said: ‘I would love nothing more than to have at least one Scot in the team.

‘In Ireland in 2006 a quarter of the team were Irish so that’s the challenge for the Scottish – to get 25 percent of the team from the home country.

‘I promised I would bring a Scottish flavour to this Ryder Cup and I will do that. There will be a strong Scottish element.’

Paul Lawrie is desperate to make the team after playing a key role in last year’s Miracle of Medinah triumph. And with Stephen Gallacher, Richie Ramsay, Scott Jamieson and Martin Laird all closing in on the world’s top 50, McGinley has challenged Scotlnd’s top players to ensure the crowd will have plenty of home heroes to get behind at Gleneagles.

The Irishman kicked off his hectic two-day visit yesterday in Edinburgh with a chat with First Minister Alex Salmond before he headed to planning meetings with the European Tour and hotel bosses.

But despite admitting that the countless demands rob him of sleep at night, excited McGinley couldn’t keep the smile from his face as he talked about his dream job leading Team Europe against the USA next year.