Paul McGinley To Captain Europe For 2014 Ryder Cup

Paul McGinley To Captain Europe For 2014 Ryder Cup

Irishman Paul McGinley has been named as Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup which takes place at Gleneagles.

 

McGinley has played in three Ryder Cups which included him holing the winning putt at the Belfry in 2002, he has also been vice captain for the past two captains.

 

"This is a position I'm really thrilled to be in," said the Dubliner, Ireland's first captain.

 

"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."

 

There had been rumours that Colin Montgomery could captain the team for the second time but a selection of the 2012 team including Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Justin Rose had publicly backed the Dubliner to be handed the captaincy.

 

World number one Rory McIlory tweeted, "Common sense prevailed in the end.... Couldn't be happier for him... Roll on Gleneagles."

 

While the Irishman may not have had as much individual success as eight-time European number one Montgomerie, many felt he did enough as a vice-captain (in 2010 and 2012) and as Britain and Ireland's two-time winning Seve Trophy captain to suggest he has the ability to lead Europe.

 

"It's amazing how much you can learn when you listen and don't talk," said McGinley, referring to the media scrutiny surrounding the decision.

 

"I knew I had the support of players and felt the more I said the more my chances would lessen."