Europe's Ryder Cup captain to choose three players, up from two

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced Tuesday that he will be choosing three players to fill out his side's roster, up from two.

America captain Tom Watson announced in March that he would also be choosing three players, down from four.

"I've kept the qualification list order the same as Olly [Jose Maria Olazabal] had for Medinah [last year], the only difference being that I've increased the number of picks from two to three," McGinley told the Associated Press.

"I've done that to give myself a little bit of extra flexibility when it comes to making my selections. Hopefully, this will ensure that I have the right players to face the examination paper that Gleneagles will set out next September.

"I have said on a number of occasions that if something ain't broke then don't fix it, and I think that applies to the qualification process for the European Ryder Cup team. You only need to look at the record books to see that we haven't done too badly of late so I didn't see the need to make sweeping changes."

The other nine players will be automatic qualifiers. Four will come from the European points list, with the remaining five coming from the world golf rankings.

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