Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley challenges Scottish players

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
McGinley says Torrance in vice-captain running

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has challenged Scotland's golfers to make a big impact on the team for Gleneagles in 2014.

The Irishman says he would like Scots to make up a quarter of his team, as Ireland did on home soil in 2006.

"I very much hope there's going to be a Scottish element, particularly in the playing side," he told BBC Scotland.

"The gauntlet I'd throw down is what we did when we played in Ireland, which was 25% of the team."

However, McGinley added that competition to make his team was fierce and any Scots would be in his team on merit.

"If there were three Scots in the team I'd be delighted, because they would have played very well indeed to make the team," he said.

"To make the team nowadays is a tall order no matter where they are or what their world ranking is."

McGinley also added that becoming captain was causing him to look at a familiar venue with new eyes.

"I've been up here many, many times," he said.

"I know the golf course well, I know the hotel well, but now I'm seeing them in a different light.

"I'm looking at bedrooms for the players, potential team rooms - all of those kind of things I need to get my head around now.

"It's a huge job and so much of it is in the planning."

Former Ryder Cup-winning captain Sam Torrance is a long-standing friend of McGinley and, asked if the Scot could be take up a vice-captain role next year, the 46-year-old replied: "Possibly so.

"I play a lot of golf with him. We live close to each other and I really enjoyed playing under him as a captain.

"He's a guy that I've had counsel with over the years many, many times in terms of my career and Ryder Cups.

"At this moment in time, I've got 20-25 people who could potentially be vice-captains for me.

"I haven't given a whole lot of thought to it yet. In the next 12-15 months as the team starts to formulate, I'll start bringing that down to three or four or five.

"This time next year, I'll have some strong ideas."

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