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Golf: Gleneagles gets thumbs-up from McGinley

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European captain Paul McGinley heads to the start of the team qualifying at this week's Wales Open giving a thumbs up to next year's Ryder Cup venue at Gleneagles.

McGinley was delighted with the set-up and major changes to the PGA Centenary course in eastern Scotland despite his own disappointment of finishing well down the field in an event won by talented 22-year old Englishman Tommy Fleetwood who captured a maiden Tour victory with a play-off success in the Johnnie Walker Championship.

The European Tour event will not be staged in 2014 and instead will give way to the Ryder Cup.

McGinley is set next to travel to Gleneagles by steam train in a month's time and in the company of rival USA captain, Tom Watson to mark 'A Year To Go' celebrations to the biennial showdown.

The duo will join politicians and other dignitaries aboard the September 23 train leaving Edinburgh for the Gleneagles station and then the short journey to the PGA Centenary course.

However after seeing the Scottish course up close for four rounds last week McGinley's only concern would seem to be the eventual make-up of his team.

"I've learnt so much from playing in the event this week and it's been interesting to see how the course played with not much rough compared to other years when it was near US Open standard rough," said McGinley.

"I still don't know what the answer is in terms of the course set-up but I will ask a lot of players who played this week, and also those who didn't play because ultimately it's not really my decision.

"It will be how they want the golf course to play and what will be advantageous to Europe's cause in retaining the Cup.

"There's also no doubt that the sub-air system they've installed on the greens and the drainage on the fairways led to a totally different Gleneagles this week.

"The golf course is not playing so different to four and five years ago and that's good to see, and all improvements have been positive."

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