Paul McGinley Named European Ryder Cup Captain

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – Perhaps it was his turn. Perhaps it was the support from players on Twitter. Perhaps it was his recent silence on the matter. Perhaps it was his 5-0 record in Ryder Cups (3 as a player, 2 as vice-captain). Whatever the reason, it seems common sense prevailed with the announcement of Paul McGinley as the captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team. McGinley will be the first Irishman to captain the European side. The Tournament Committee, who ultimately decide the captain, had to choose between McGinley and victorious 2010 captain, Colin Montgomerie. Check this previous post to see my opinion on exactly why McGinley is the right choice for Europe. As I said, common sense prevailed. The European players were given the captain they wanted for the matches at Gleneagles in Scotland to take on Tom Watson’s American side. The most telling statement to confirm this as the right choice? World Number 1 Rory McIlroy made a cameo at the press conference to congratulate McGinley.

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