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Paul McGinley brings in former Manchester United boss

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McIlroy's status has affected the dynamic between the pair

Team Europe pose for a photo ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup

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Phil Mickelson will be the leader of the US team, according to Butch Harmon

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Rory McIlroy on the practice range at Gleneagles

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McIlroy back on the range as he warms up for Ryder Cup curtain call

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Ryder Cup 2014: Rickie Fowler’s 'USA' frat-boy cut brings ‘Happy Gilmore’ to Highlands

Californian arrives at Gleneagles with ‘USA’ shaved into the side of his head in a reminder of previous American antics

Europe vice-captain Sam Torrance

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Joost Luiten overcame a poor start and a nervous finish to claim his fourth European Tour title in the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Sunday. And there was good news for Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson ahead of this week’s event as he carded a 67 to finish fourth alongside Nicolas Colsaerts, Eddie Pepperell, Marc Warren and Edoardo Molinari.

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French sensation Victor Dubuisson is the Garbo of the greens. But he has the  dazzling ability to come out of his shell and turn on a winning game when it matters, writes Paul Mahoney

In the swing of it: Rory McIlroy, left, and Europe captain Paul McGinley

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