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Marc Warren hoping for Ryder Cup wildcard

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Warren won the Made in Denmark event (©GettyImages)
Warren won the Made in Denmark event (©GettyImages).

Scotland's Marc Warren is hoping that his win during last week's Made in Denmark event could earn him a wildcard pick for next month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The 33-year old sealed his third European Tour title in Aalborg on Sunday and believes that his triumph has given him an 'outside' chance of being one of Paul McGinley's three wildcard picks.

'Outside chance'

"Maybe an outside, outside chance," Warren told BBC Scotland.

The win in Denmark will undoubtedly put Warren into contention for a wildcard pick and the European captain knows he must pick players going into the tournament in good form.

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Warren plays in the Italian Open, which starts on August 28, where a victory would make him impossible to ignore for a wildcard spot. The Scot knows that his 'outside, outside' chance of being picked would improve with victory in Italy but admits there's still a long way to go until the Ryder Cup starts on September 23.

"I'm playing in Italy in two weeks' time and even if I win there again it would still be an outside chance. We're still a long way off but it's nice to be mentioned in that."

Gleneagles success 

Warren's two stroke victory in Denmark represented his first European Tour for seven years. Incidentally, the win that came at the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2007, was held at Gleneagles - where the Ryder Cup will be held.

Warren admits that being able to compete in the Ryder Cup on home soil would mean a lot to him and feels that his good record at Gleneagles would stand him in good stead.

It's on a golf course I've done well on in the past," said Warren.

"With it being played on home soil and being a Scottish golfer, it's going to be massive for everyone connected with it."

Climbing the rankings

Warren jumped up to 68th in the world rankings after his Danish victory and is hoping to catch the eye of McGinley in Italy.

"I'll go to Italy and I'll be giving it my best again and you never know, Paul McGinley might see something, but if not, it's just an honour to be mentioned in that company."

Despite moving up the rankings dramatically after his victory, he is setting his sights on rising up the rankings even more.

"I'm getting there slowly but surely, creeping up towards that top 50 and hopefully even higher."

Wildcard competition

But Warren isn't the only Scottish player hoping to play in the Ryder Cup in his home country. Stephen Gallacher, who is ranked 34th is also aiming to becoming one of McGinley's wildcard picks.

"I've been looking up to Stevie," said Warren. "He's been a great player for a long time."

He believes that Scotland can boast many good players on the European Tour at the moment and hopes that a few can play on home soil during the Ryder Cup.

"Scotland has a lot of good players on tour.

"The last five, seven years we've been taking a little bit of stick, not performing in the big events.

"Paul Lawrie playing in the last Ryder Cup event kind of quietened that down a bit, then Stevie Gallacher over the last couple of years, and hopefully myself and few of the other guys might come forward."

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