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Paul McGinley wants Ian Poulter to make Ryder Cup team

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Paul McGinley is hopeful that Ian Poulter will recapture his best form and earn a place in his European team to take on the United States in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.

Speaking to reporters in London's Hyde Park after a 'nearest the pin' challenge organised to promote the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth later this week, the 47-year-old captain insisted he had faith in Poulter's ability to put himself in contention for automatic qualification.

"Ian Poulter has made a lot of points. He doesn't have to make a whole lot to guarantee himself on the team," McGinley told GiveMeSport. "He had a great start to the campaign last year. He fell off a little bit but he'll come back again.

"I spoke to him last week and he's really determined and looking forward to having a good run over the summer - I want to see him make the team."

He added: "I think his record in the Ryder Cup is superb. You want to see all the guys who have got great pedigree and work so hard for the Ryder Cup making it.

"I'll see what I've got with my picks after that. But, there's a lot of water under the bridge and shifting sands the whole time until we come to September."

McGinley intimated that experience will be a key factor when it comes to finalising his team, but emphasised that he won't be afraid to pick a rookie if they show good form over the next three months and in the lead up to the Ryder Cup.

"I've always said that form and experience are probably the two things I'll be looking for most," he explained. "But having said that I won't be afraid to pick a rookie as well.

"Some of the rookies who come through and just miss out on the team, if they show really good form over the summer, I'll pick them. I'm looking for really good form over the next three months that's really important."

Ahead of the European Tour's flagship event which begins in Surrey on Thursday, McGinley added that the PGA Championship at Wentworth represents the perfect opportunity for European players to start staking their claim for a place in the Ryder Cup team.

"Historically I think that Wentworth and the BMW Championship is the opening for the summer season of golf in the UK and Ireland particularly.

"From my point of view with the Ryder Cup in mind from now right through until the end of August when the qualifying starts. That's the big important element of form that I'll be looking at.

"This is when the guys can show some really good form. Even the guys who are off the pace at the moment. Showing some form over the last three months will put them back into contention again."

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