Tuesday, January 15
SETTLED: McGinley at Ryder Cup Helm for Europe
“To lead the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor,” McGinley said in an Associated Press story.
“To be quite honest, it is a very humbling experience to be sitting in this seat. It is a week I'm looking forward to. It’s a whole new experience for me, the chance to be a captain.”
Clarke recently withdrew his name from consideration, and Montgomerie began an eleventh-hour lobbying effort. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, a McGinley supporter, thought his countryman was the obvious choice.
“Common sense prevailed in the end,” McIlroy tweeted.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles, Scotland. A part of five winning teams as a player and vice captain, McGinley, 46, has a solid Ryder Cup resume. He sank the Cup-clinching putt at The Belfry (England) in 2002.
“Paul . . . is an outstanding representative of European golf,” said Tom Watson, U.S. Ryder Cup captain. “I look forward to sharing the stage with him as we make our journey to Scotland.”