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Paul McGinley to undergo knee surgery

Irishman Paul McGinley's chances of playing in the Ryder Cup in September have been put in jeopardy by a recurring knee problem.

He withdrew from the Irish Open on Thursday just 13 holes into the wind-affected first round, opting to have an immediate operation on his left knee to remove a piece of floating broken bone.

McGinley will miss next week's BMW Championship, the European Tour's flagship event, and could face several weeks of recuperation before resuming his fight to make Ian Woosnam's team for the Ryder Cup, staged at the K Club in Ireland.

"I have been having problems in my knee for some time now and the discomfort has increased to the extent that it is affecting my ability to play shots," said McGinley, who was six-over-par when the tournament was suspended because high winds were moving balls on the greens.

Although McGinley, 39, lies seventh on Europe's Ryder Cup table, with the top 10 players gaining automatic selection, a long layoff would hurt his chances. He has missed his last four cuts.

McGinley, who sank the winning putt in the 2002 Ryder Cup, started having knee problems as a 19-year-old when he broke his left knee-cap playing Gaelic football, an injury that turned him towards golf.

In November 2004, two months after his second Ryder Cup appearance, he underwent an operation on his right knee.



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