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McGinley to start European Ryder Cup qualifying

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) Europe captain Paul McGinley will take the first shot in the 2014 Ryder Cup qualifying process when he goes out in the opening group in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Thursday.

It will be the first time that a current captain of the European team has the honor of teeing up first in the opening qualifying tournament for the biennial match against the United States.

McGinley says ``there are a lot of milestones along the way on the Ryder Cup captain's journey, and the start of qualifying is certainly a big milestone.''

The Irishman has ruled himself out of appearing as a player in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. However, he says ``I am extremely proud to set the example for my prospective team members.''

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ISPS Wales Open field
Felipe AguilarBjorn AkessonFredrik Andersson Hed
Kiradech AphibarnratScott ArnoldMatthew Baldwin
Sion E. BebbSeve BensonThomas Bjorn
Richard BlandLiam BondDavid Boote
Gregory BourdyGary BoydKristoffer Broberg
Daniel BrooksRafael Cabrera-BelloMichael Campbell
Jorge CampilloAlejandro CanizaresMagnus A. Carlsson
Christian CevaerS.S.P. ChowrasiaDarren Clarke
Robert ColesRhys DaviesEduardo De La Riva
Carlos Del MoralMatteo DelpodioRichard Dinsdale
Chris DoakStephen DoddAndrew Dodt
David DrysdaleVictor DubuissonSimon Dyson
Johan EdforsRhys EnochPeter Erofejeff
Niclas FasthGonzalo Fernandez-CastanoDarren Fichardt
Richard FinchOliver FisherRoss Fisher
Tommy FleetwoodOscar FlorenAlastair Forsyth
Mark FosterLorenzo GagliStephen Gallacher
Ignacio GarridoDaniel GauntJean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo GonzalezEstanislao GoyaRichard Green
Emiliano GrilloAnders HansenSoren Hansen
Andreas HartoeGregory HavretPeter Hedblom
Scott HendScott HenryDavid Higgins
Keith HorneDavid HowellMikko Ilonen
Ted Innes KerRaphael JacquelinThongchai Jaidee
Richard JamesScott JamiesonLasse Jensen
Miguel Angel JimenezMichael JonzonAlexandre Kaleka
Shiv KapurRikard KarlbergSimon Khan
Maximilian KiefferSoren KjeldsenMasanori Kobayashi
Brooks KoepkaEspen KofstadMikko Korhonen
Jbe' KrugerMaarten LafeberJoakim Lagergren
Lam ZhiqunMoritz LampertJose Manuel Lara
Pablo LarrazabalPeter LawrieCraig Lee
Thomas LevetAlexander LevyTom Lewis
Sam LittleChris LloydGary Lockerbie
Joost LuitenMikael LundbergCallum Macaulay
Morten MadsenAndrew MarshallGareth Maybin
Richard McEvoyPaul McGinleyDamien McGrane
Prom MeesawatFrancesco MolinariJames Morrison
Matthew MoseleyMatthew NixonJose Maria Olazabal
Thorbjorn OlesenGary OrrHennie Otto
Chris PaisleyJohn ParryEddie Pepperell
Phillip PriceJulien QuesneAlvaro Quiros
Robert RockBrett RumfordRicardo Santos
Jeev Milkha SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Anthony SnobeckMatthew SouthgateGraeme Storm
Scott StrangeAndy SullivanAlessandro Tadini
Simon ThorntonMark TulloPeter Uihlein
Tjaart Van der WaltSimon WakefieldRichard Wallis
Justin WaltersPaul WaringMarc Warren
Romain WattelSteve WebsterPeter Whiteford
Martin WiegeleBernd WiesbergerDanny Willett
Chris WoodGareth WrightFabrizio Zanotti
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25None0
TOP 50Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (34),Victor Dubuisson (39),Francesco Molinari (40),Thomas Bjorn (46),Thongchai Jaidee (49)5
TOP 100Miguel Angel Jimenez (53),Bernd Wiesberger (54),Thorbjorn Olesen (57),Joost Luiten (60),Stephen Gallacher (61),Peter Uihlein (64),Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70),Chris Wood (71),Brett Rumford (78),Ross Fisher (82),Mikko Ilonen (83),Brooks Koepka (92),David Howell (98),Pablo Larrazabal (99)14