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It would be ‘impossible’ for Keegan Bradley to be a Ryder Cup captain – Paul McGinley

Bradley said this week that he would love to take on an acting role if he could automatically qualify.

“One of the things that’s important to me is that I want to play on the team,” said the two-time Ryder Cup winner, who was a surprise addition to the team after Tiger Woods dropped him from Bethpage Black.

“I feel like I’m still in the best phase of my career and I can be in this team.

“I won’t pick myself. The only way that will happen is if the team insists. But even if they want to, I don’t think it will happen. I want to get into the team with points, otherwise I will be the captain.”

McGinley was surprised by Bradley’s appointment and was shocked when he was told he could take on a role if he met the requirements.

“I’ll put it this way, Damon, if America had a captain playing in the Ryder Cup, I think we’d be pretty happy in Europe as well,” McGinley told Golf Channel’s Damon Hack.

“The role has become very complex, very difficult. And as we know at a very elite level in this game, the ability to focus is often the determining factor between success and failure.

“If you’re trying to go out and play in a very, very hostile environment like the Ryder Cup, and you’re making decisions with your head all over the place.

“No matter how good a person is, whether it’s your vice president or anyone else, it’s very, very difficult to do that – almost impossible, I would even say impossible.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk’s Brendan Lawlor finished third behind Britain’s Kipp Popert at the US Adaptive Open in Kansas.

The athlete, who shot a two-under 70 at Sand Creek Station, finished the race five strokes behind Popert, who was the winner from start to finish.

“Usually if I shoot nine under in a tournament, this one’s not too far off,” said Lawlor, who shot 71 to take first place in the short-handicapped category with a four-shot lead over Korean Simon Seungmin Lee at 14 under from Popert.

“Kipp has exploded on the field this year. It’s been surreal. I’m really excited to be back next year.

“I’m very happy (to win my category). Honestly, I want to win the main category. That’s my main goal.

“I think the categories are great. It gives a lot of people a chance to win their own thing. Yeah, I just hope the game continues to grow and progress that way.”