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Rhys Davies can make Ryder Cup team - Paul McGinley

McGinley 'ready' for vice captaincy

European vice-captain Paul McGinley has backed Welshman Rhys Davies to make a late claim for Ryder Cup selection at Newport's Celtic Manor (1-3 October).

McGinley is one of three vice captains chosen ahead of Wales' Phil Price, leaving some critics to fear that there will be no Welsh participation at all.

But McGinley says Davies, who is 15th on the Ryder Cup points list, is capable of making the line-up.

"I'm very impressed, Rhys has played really well this year," said McGinley.

"His big disadvantage is that he has not played all the world events and majors, that makes it very hard to make the Ryder Cup team.

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"He did play the Open [where he missed the cut] and he will play the US PGA.

"It would be nice to see him perform well at a big event to get some points.

"If he does that he is going to be very close - if not to making the team then to getting one of the wild-card picks."

With six weeks until European captain Colin Montgomerie names his 12-man team, the nine automatic qualifying positions are occupied by Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ross McGowan.

As things stands, world number eight Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson and Ross Fisher would be in the hunt for one of three wild cards.

Bridgend's Davies, 25, is enjoying a stunning first full season on the European Tour in which he has been hailed as the "best putter in the world" by fellow countryman and Ryder Cup hero Price.

The former Brynteg Comprehensive School pupil won the Hassan II Championship in Morocco and has three top-three finishes.

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Davies enjoyed an outstanding amateur career in college golf in the USA.

He combined his golf with a business degree at East Tennessee University, where local media called him "the best player to ever play" at the college.

In his final year there in 2007 Davies extended his own ETSU record for career individual titles to 10 and became the first UK player to reach number one in America since McDowell achieved the feat in 2002 while at Alabama State.

Montgomerie named Irishman McGinley with Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn as his vice-captains.

US captain Corey Pavin has selected four vice-captains in Tom Lehman, Jeff Sluman, Davis Love and Paul Goydos.

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Clarke picked for Ryder Cup role
20 Jul 10 |  Golf
Davies can be 'the new Woosnam'
24 Mar 10 |  Golf
Welshman Davies earns maiden win
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Wales' Davies turns professional
12 Sep 07 |  Golf
Davies counts down to pro switch
16 Jun 07 |  Golf
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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