Paul McGinley ruled out of US PGA Championship

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European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is out of next week's US PGA Championship at Valhalla because of a shoulder injury that has plagued him all year. 

The Irishman had a scan at the start of the month that revealed inflammation and swelling, meaning he will miss the season's final major in Kentucky, but will travel to Louisville to honour his commentary and pundit work with Sky Sports.


"The scan showed that I really needed to rest my shoulder for a couple of months. It's a pity, because I would have loved to have teed it up at Valhalla," the 47-year-old told the BBC

"But I assessed the situation over the past couple of weeks during ym family holiday and I think this is the sensible decision."

The Jack Nicklaus-designed course has Ryder Cup connotations, of course, given the fact it is the scene of the USA's only victory this century after Paul Azinger led his compatriots to a 16-11 win over Nick Faldo's European side. 

Close eye

It will be a particularly important week for those hoping to make the 12-man teams for Gleneagles this autumn, with the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell needing to show form with the biennial match up now less than two months away.

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Following his withdrawal, McGinley will now get to keep a close eye on all of those currently qualifying for the Ryder Cup as well as those who he is considering to be his three wildcard picks. 

"It's not just during the week of the tournament itself that is the problem, it is the fact that the injury also hampers my normal preparation for events. 

Good company

"And you do not want to be going into any tournament - far less a Major championship - not properly prepared," McGinley added. 

Now, he will get to enjoy the company of the likes of Colin Montgomorie - a man who has openly spoken out of the fact he believes Bernhard Langer and himself should be seriously considered for a spot on the European team following successful Senior Tour seasons - in the Sky studio as the golf's Major season reaches its conclusion. 

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