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Ryder Cup 2014: Paul McGinley checks out PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 22/08/13 12:03pm

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The European hopefuls will be looking to impress the Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley at this week's Johnnie Walker Classic

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Paul McGinley will be keeping a close eye on both the course and the players who perform well on it this week, as the European Tour visits Gleneagles for the last time before next year's Ryder Cup.

European captain McGinley will play in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles this week, with his two opening rounds alongside Shane Lowry and Danny Willett - who will both be keen to make an impression.

McGinley has an unenviable task in some ways as he tries to follow the amazing events of both Celtic Manor and Medinah and retain Europe's stranglehold on the tournament.

Part of the process for McGinley is studying how to set the course up, as home captain, and also on how certain players play on the track, so it will be a big week for him in Scotland as he will have plenty of information to collect.

McGinley will play the PGA Centenary course himself this week, but will also have a close eye on who performs well on the lay-out as he picks up clues for his possible wild card selections - plenty of whom may just have a quite word with the skipper.

Course form

"I'll be more impressed with how they (players) play than what they say," said McGinley. "But of course I'll be watching.

"I'm a great believer in horses for course and I'm a great believer in history around a gold course and it's no coincidence that some guys play well on a certain golf course and better than others.

"Of course I'll be watching everybody that plays well, like I will have done in terms of who has played well here over the last nine or ten years that we've played here when it comes to making the three picks next year."

McGinley has taken a good few decent looks at the course, but playing it will give him a better appreciation of how he would like it to be set-up ahead of the Ryder Cup.

"I think it's a good learning curve for me to have another round around here," he added.

"The course is improving all the time - the sub air system is in now in the greens so they are starting to get a little bit firmer than they were in the past, so it's a great chance for me to get an idea of course set-up."

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