by Jeff Skinner
Paul McGinley has been awarded the captaincy of the European Team for the 2014 Ryder Cup. The Tournament Committee of the European Tour announced his appointment this evening as the Euro Tour tees it up in Abu Dhabi.
The was a little controversy lately as past captain Colin Montgomerie threw his name into the ring but the committee did the right thing in naming McGinley as the team’s leader at Gleneagles.
McGinley has served as vice captain twice, once for both Jose Maria Olazabal and Montgomerie on two winning Ryder Cup Teams. McGinley also captained two successful Great Britain and Ireland Teams to victories over Continental Europe at the Vivendi Seve Trophy in 2009 and 2011.
There had been a groundswell of support for the Irishman lately as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and others took to Twitter to show their support for their friend and past vice captain.
“This is a position I’m really thrilled to be in. It’s also a very humbling experience and I can’t wait to get into the role of captain and to working with the players,” a misty-eyed McGinley told a news conference.
“I’m just delighted it’s happened and that the cards fell right for me. I think it’s very important to have a captain that is still involved regularly as a player on the tour and that’s what I plan on doing for the next 18 months until the match.”
“I have a real passion for team golf and I love it. I love everything that goes with team golf.”