McGinley says Ian Poulter must earn his stripes

The Miracle Man of Medinah Ian Poulter has been warned that his heroics of last year in the Ryder Cup do not guarantee him a free pass to get into the European team for the next year when the tournament tees off at Gleneagles.

It was believed that Poulter was guaranteed a place in the European team after his extraordinary birdie spree on the Saturday morning in Chicago lifted the European team from the dust where it had been lying bleeding throughout the week before setting up the drama on the final day which saw the American team beaten again.