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Ian Woosnam believes Ryder Cup will be close

Woosnam won the Ryder Cup five times (©GettyImages)
Woosnam won the Ryder Cup five times (©GettyImages).

Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam believes that this year's event at Gleneagles is going to be a close contest but is backing Paul McGinley's men to earn a narrow victory.

Woosnam won the Ryder Cup five-times during eight appearances including an emphatic victory in 2006 whilst as captain.

The Welshman has had more experience of the Ryder Cup than many players and insisted he was willing to pass on any advice to current Europe captain McGinley.

“A captain has to make his own decisions, if Paul wants any advice off me he knows where I am but he’s got some pretty good vice-captains with him so they’ll give him some good advice,” Woosnam told Sky Sports.

“I don’t think he’ll have to do too much to the course at Gleneagles, what I tried to do was to set it up to suit our guys’ games.

"Look at the American team and look at the European team and see what will suit them best – but these guys play all over the world now."

Woosnam also felt that McGinley should enjoy the battle against the legendary Tom Watson and his young American team.

“I think he’ll cherish facing Tom Watson really, I think it’s great, even more motivation to beat him – obviously Tom’s very popular over here, he’ll have a lot of the crowd behind him.

“Unfortunately in Paul’s situation, I think the USA are going to have a stronger team, they’re most probably going to have one of their strongest teams for a long time with these youngsters, they’re not scared, they want to win after losing last time, but let’s just hope that Paul can pull it off and we can win."

Woosnam believes that the smallest factors could end up deciding this year's Ryder Cup such as the weather and believes a wet week could benefit Europe.

"I think it’s going to be a really close match again and maybe go down to a little bit of weather and that will suit us better – if I was Tom Watson I’d go practice in my waterproofs before they go out!”

Having experienced playing and captaining in the Ryder Cup for Europe, Woosnam is in no doubt which one he preferred after admitting that captaining took it's toll on him.

“I think I’d prefer to play,” Woosnam added.

“It all depends what type of person you are and how much you take it to heart, some people can just roll through it but in my case I try not to do anything half-heartedly and I wear my emotions on my shirt. I really felt under pressure for a couple of years and it really took a lot out of me."

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