Could Paul McGinley Be Replacing Jose Maria Olazabal As European Ryder Cup Captain?

Could Paul McGinley Be Replacing Jose Maria Olazabal As European Ryder Cup Captain?

Since Team Europe's incredible comeback at Medinah on Sunday evening Jose Maria Olazabal has said he does not want to continue to captain the side at Gleneagles in 2014, leaving the door open for Paul McGinley to step into his shoes.

 

McGinley put himself in Ryder Cup history in 2002 after holing the winning put at the Belfry, he then featured in the victorious 2004 and 2006 sides, winning at both Oakland hills and the K Club.

 

Paul McGinley, 45, has captained the GB & Ireland side in the past two Seve Trophies, as well as being Olazabal's vice captain at Medinah, and world number one, Rory McIlroy, has backed the Irishman to succeed Olazabal, "He was fantastic there and has also been a fantastic vice-captain."

 

The 45 year old spoke to Sky Sports about the possibility of being captain at Gleneagles, "Listen, it's a great honour for anyone who becomes Ryder Cup captain, there's no doubt about that and I'm not going to say otherwise. But ultimately it's not up to me, it's for other players to decide.

 

"Rory came out the other day saying it (backing me) but we'll just have to wait and see how things evolve over the next few months and down the line. All I can say is, I've captained Great Britain and Ireland twice before and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

 

Swede Peter Hanson, who didn’t manage to pick up a point in Chicago last weekend all spoke highly of McGinley's credentials.

 

"One guy that did a big, big job in the back room was Paul McGinley. Paul did a fantastic job, He knows everything about all the previous Ryder Cups with all the records. He is really the guy that in the back room really helped out, so I would love to see Paul be a captain."