Former Ryder Cup captain Mark James says players could gain from Seve Trophy
Last Updated: 07/10/13 1:14pm
Mark James: Believes Seve Trophy players could earn Ryder Cup spots
Mark James feels a strong showing at the Seve Trophy could help a player earn a Ryder Cup slot.
James, who captained the European Ryder Cup team at the infamous Brookline match in 1999, believes Paul McGinley will already know the make-up of much of his side for the match with America at Gleneagles next year.
But he feels a strong showing in the Seve Trophy in France this week could swing a decision if it came down to the wire.
"It does allow Paul McGinley the chance to see who is a very good match player," James told Sky Sports as we caught up with him at Rockliffe Hall - where he is participating in the English Senior Open.
"He already knows his good players, but someone might stand out and that could make the difference between a wild card and not a wild card but it is generally obvious who the good players are."
James admits it is a shame that most of Great Britain and Ireland's top performers have opted out of playing in the biennial match.
"A lot of them live in Florida, so it is not really enticing to just come over, so you can understand it," he said.
"That is the way it is and it gives the younger players a chance to show their mettle.
"It has been the same every time the Seve Trophy has been held, players have not played that week and it is just not an attrative proposition - but that is down to the players.
"It doesn't have much history and they would rather stay at home and it has been a long season."
James cannot wait for the event in Gleneagles next year and thinks it will be a 'fitting' venue.
"It should be fantastic, I will be making the effort to go up," he continued.
"I think the venue is great, it is a great centre for golf and should be a fitting venue. You wonder how much bigger it can get."