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Wild Westy

No prizes for guessing what captured the golfing world’s attention this week as all eyes focused on Wentworth and Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley’s wild card selections.

So congratulations to Lee Westwood for ensuring ISM has a continued presence at the game’s biggest team event when it arrives at Gleneagles later this month.

And Lee’s long-time friend and Cup partner Darren Clarke will also be there having accepted an invitation of another kind. Darren will be part of Sky’s coverage from Scotland, giving expert analysis and an insight into what happens inside-the-ropes when Europe face America.

I doubt that Captain McGinley will have any harder task throughout the Ryder Cup week than he had when deciding his three picks which he admitted eventually came down to the three choices he eventually made plus Luke Donald and Francesco Molinari.

Ian was a 'given' given his display last time while Stephen Gallacher, having just missed out by one place, produced an outstanding performance in the last qualifying event when he finished third needing a top two to make the side automatically.

Condolences to Luke Donald, who was very unlucky to miss out, but I am sure he has plenty of Ryder Cups still in his locker, while Lee obviously caught the eye at the WGC Bridgestone and US PGA showing the kind of form that Paul found he could not ignore.

Our own Joost Luiten made a good run at qualifying and just came up short, but his day will come -  a fourth place at last week’s Italian Open another reminder of just how good a player he has become.

It was good to see Simon Dyson back in the top ten in Italy and just as pleasing to have Darren Clarke operating within the top 20 again while Romain Wattel, David Horsey, Shiv Kapur and Tommy Fleetwood completed our Magnificent 7 in the top 25.  The future’s bright and, in Dutchman Joost’s case, definitely orange.

And while I’m handing out the plaudits, two big ones for Chesson Hadley and Seung-Yul Noh, who have given themselves a great late-season opportunity in America. Four good rounds at the final FedEx qualifier in Denver next week will see them qualify for the Tour Championship and automatic entry to next year’s majors. I wish them well and congratulations on getting as far as they have already.

It’s a tough school on the PGA Tour and they’re close to being in the top class.

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