Ryder Cup 2014: McGinley beats Monty to captaincy role

McGinley celebrates after holing the putt that won the 2002 Ryder Cup

Paul McGinley has been named as European captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles...

"Many leading players now prefer a once-only captain and in recent days Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Ian Poulter had all voiced their support for McGinley."

The popular Irishman - who was vice-captain in both 2010 and 2012 - held off a late challenge for the post from 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie.

In a fascinating betting heat, McGinley was never matched higher than at 4.67/2 to get the job and was even trading as low as 1.152/13 when it was announced last week that Darren Clarke no longer wanted to put himself forward.

But up stepped Monty. Sources close to the man known as Mr Ryder Cup announced on Monday that the Scot was very confident of being given the job for a second time. And in came the money - Montgomerie went from a high of 16.5 to around 1.75/7 before drifting out to 3.55/2 on the morning of the announcement.

Remarkably however, a total of £607 was matched on Montgomerie to be captain at the minimum odds of 1.011/100.

Any decision to appoint Monty for a second time would have been a highly controversial one with no captain since Bernard Gallacher in the early 90s going on to repeat the role. Many leading players now prefer a once-only captain and in recent days Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Ian Poulter had all voiced their support for McGinley.

Despite not being a major force in the game on an individual front McGinley has enjoyed enormous success in team golf format.

He has represented Europe on three winning Ryder Cup teams (2002, 2004, 2006), and also represented Great Britain & Ireland four times (twice as captain) in the Seve Trophy, winning on all four occasions.

McGinley is best remembered however for the 12-foot putt that he holed on the 18th green that sealed the Ryder Cup for Europe at The Belfry in 2002. Below you can listen to his mindset leading up to the most important putt of his career.


McGinley's opposite number at Gleneagles next year will be 63-year-old legend and master of Scottish golf Tom Watson. The eight-time Major champion captained the US team in 1993 in a 15-13 victory at - by bizarre coincidence - The Belfry. That win remains the last time the US Ryder Cup team triumphed on European soil.


To Win the 2014 Ryder Cup

Europe - 1.814/5
USA - 2.3411/8
Tie - 12.5


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