McGinley - Europe will win it

Dubliner hoped Clarke would get the nod

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McGinley - Europe will win it

McGinley holes the winning putt in 2002

I'm disappointed for Darren because he really wanted to play and really felt he deserved a spot. But, at the same time, it's not like he's picked two duds. He's picked two very, very strong players who will not let the team down.

Paul McGinley
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Three-time Ryder Cup winner Paul McGinley is predicting an unprecedented fourth straight win for Europe later this month.

The team head for Valhalla without the Dubliner who has become something of a talisman - he has never played on a losing side.

But this time he misses out despite a late-season rally in his form.

Of Europe's chances, he said: "I don't think it will be a thrashing but I think we'll win. Our team's very strong and I have a lot of faith in the guys who are playing,"

"I'm not a great watcher of golf on TV so I won't watch it all but I'll pick up bits and watch the last day.

"The last one I watched was 1999 so it's going to be really tough. All the emotion, with people talking about it now, and the fact I'm not going to be involved, it's hard.

"It will be tougher and tougher as it gets closer but I haven't any complaints.

"I got near enough to the team but not really close to it," added the Irishman, who felt he was still in contention after being runner-up to Darren Clarke in Holland two weeks ago.

Chance

"I thought if I won last week at Gleneagles I might still have a chance. I'd come second the week before in Holland and eighth the week before that in Sweden but I really suffered this year by not being in the major championships.

"I wasn't in the British Open, I wasn't in the PGA, I wasn't in the European Open, I wasn't in the Masters, I wasn't in the World events, except one, so I had a big disadvantage in terms of trying to make it on points.

"Those guys were eligible for 60, 70, 80 million dollars of prize money that I wasn't.

"It was going to be a tough ask for me not having the big cheques to propel me up the rankings and, despite a number of top 10s, I didn't manage to come through," added McGinley.

Despite not making the team, McGinley insisted he made the right decision when he gave up his role as vice-captain to Faldo in order to bid for more glory as a player.

He said: "No regrets at all. In order to give myself the best opportunity of wiping the slate clean by focusing myself on just being a player, I needed to do that and Nick Faldo knows that more than anyone else.

"I didn't quite make it but I came close enough. I'd have liked to have had another month of qualifying because I think my game is starting to come round and in another month's time I'd have had a good chance," he claimed.

Ambitions

Captaining the Ryder Cup team is something McGinley fancies for the future - but he still has ambitions to be involved as a player.

"I believe there's maybe one or two Ryder Cups left in me and I want to give 100% to my chances of playing. I really enjoyed my three experiences of playing and I want more," he said.

As for Nick Faldo's decision to overlook his fellow Irishman Darren Clarke for a wildcard in favour of England's Ian Poulter, McGinley added: "I thought Darren had done enough to make the pick and I was surprised he didn't get it.

"I'm disappointed for Darren because he really wanted to play and really felt he deserved a spot.

"But, at the same time, it's not like he's picked two duds. He's picked two very, very strong players who will not let the team down."

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