McGinley ready to be ruthless as Ryder Cup captain
Dubliner admits his affable nature will not stand in the way of tough calls
“I’m not afraid of having rookies on the team, and if those guys step up to the plate and play really well, I’ll be delighted to welcome them to the team. Generally, all I’m concerned about at the end of the day is having the 12 strongest players to represent Europe at this time next year.
“We have 47 events now and not everybody can be expected to play all 47. The players tailor their schedule according to courses that would suit them, and where they think they are going to play well on.”
The inaugural Final Series offers a combined prize pool of just under €23 million across four limited-field events, including the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Eligibility for the four events varies, although it does favour the bigger names already in the top 50 in the world rankings, but McGinley does not feel they are too exclusive.
“Anybody on the Tour can qualify for those events and everybody has got an equal opportunity to qualify,” the 46-year-old said. “Certainly, it’s harder to make the team if you don’t make those events.
“If you don’t play well enough to get into the Majors then you can argue the point to say those guys are not good enough to play Ryder Cup anyway.
“But it doesn’t really concern me because we had a situation a couple years ago where Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai World Championship and ended up not making the team. So even though you may have a big win, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to make the Ryder Cup team.
“You still have to play extremely well. Alvaro had a pretty decent season the year after, but it just shows you it has to be a phenomenal season for 12 months in order to make the team, and that’s just one case in point.
“Ultimately I’m looking for the guys who have played the best over the 12-month period and I have absolutely no hesitation about having rookies on the team or picking a rookie. Generally what I want is players who are playing the best, whether they be playing on the American tour or guys playing on the European Tour here.”