[QODLink]
Golf

McGinley named Europe's Ryder Cup captain

Paul McGinley replaces Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal becoming the first Irish captain ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2013 18:36
Tough act to follow: McGinley succeeds Olazabal who guided Europe to a sensational victory over America in 2012 [GETTY]

Ireland's Paul McGinley has been appointed captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team for the biennial match against the United States next year, the Players' Committee said on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old, who holed the winning putt in the 2002 match at The Belfry, edged former skipper Colin Montgomerie in a vote taken by the 15-man committee in Abu Dhabi.

McGinley replaces Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, the inspiration behind Europe's remarkable comeback victory in Illinois in September.

The Irishman has twice been a vice-captain, to Montgomerie in Wales in 2010 and to Olazabal two years later.

McGinley served his apprenticeship as a skipper when he led Britain and Ireland to victory over Continental Europe in the Seve Trophy team event in 2009 and 2011.

He played in three Ryder Cups, from 2002-06, and was triumphant each time.

A winner of four European Tour titles, McGinley's best campaign was in 2005 when he finished runner-up three times before lifting the season-ending Volvo Masters crown.

In recent times Europe have taken the view that the Ryder Cup captain should serve for one match only, an approach that was always likely to give him an advantage over Montgomerie.

McGinley, the first Irish captain, will be up against eight-times major winner Tom Watson who skippers the U.S. at Gleneagles, Scotland in 2014. 

208

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
join our mailing list