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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley - breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month.
Donald is a former No. 1 who has lifted the trophy with Europe on each of his four Ryder Cup appearances. But he was the big omission when McGinley picked Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter as his three wild-card selections Tuesday.
"That was a very, very difficult conversation - my relationship with Luke is very close," said McGinley, who was Donald's playing partner for the Englishman's first Ryder Cup match. "He was very, very disappointed, and rightly so. ...His record in the Ryder Cup stands with anybody in the game."