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GOLF RYDER Cup captain Paul McGinley has played plenty of golf this year in order to keep tabs on all the likely lads for places on his team for Gleneagles next September and all that practice is beginning to pay off, writes Jeremy Chapman. He finished eighth in the Wales Open two weeks ago - a position that would have been considerably higher but for a third-round 77 - and Sporting Index's buy quote of one on the Captain Fantastic performance special for the KLM Open at Kennemer looks to have underrated the Irish veteran of three winning Ryder Cups.

Kennemer, just over 6,600 yards long and a canny old course that takes plenty of knowing, is just McGinley's cup of tea as he demonstrated when runner-up to Darren Clarke five years ago.

Always a straight driver and tip-top wedge player with the sharp, clinical mind that will make him a first-rate captain, he has only to make the cut - there's a 25-point penalty if he misses it - for buyers to be able to look forward to a carefree and hopefully lucrative weekend.

If he fails to make the top 30, then the damage is a mere one unit and if he does have a second good week in a row - the opposition is no stronger than it was at Celtic Manor - buyers will be in sitting pretty. Winning is probably out of the question - he hasn't done that since the 2005 Volvo Masters - but a top-ten finish wins 99 units, a top-20 gains 49 and even a top-30 is worth 24.

On finishing positions, the play is to sell Marc Warren at 47 as he's a dab hand on courses where his great putting comes into play. Poor Marc gets the heebie-jeebies whenever he has the chance to win and it is that frailty and the generous quote that accompanies it that makes him a golfer that FP bettors can work with.

Warren tied for fourth place at the Dutch track in 2008, had huge chances to win in Spain and at Wentworth this year (lost in a play-off for the BMW PGA) and surpassed himself by finishing 12th to Jason Dufner in the USPGA Championship at tricky Merion. His form since the final Major has been pretty woeful but this is where he can bounce back.

Recommendations Buy Captain Fantastic performance special at 1 Sporting Index Sell M Warren finishing position at 47 Sporting Index
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2013
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