Sep 30, 2012; Medinah, IL, USA; The final scoreboard on display after the 39th Ryder Cup on day three at Medinah Country Club. Europe defeats the United States 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul McGinley Named Captain of European Ryder Cup Team

The United States announced that Tom Watson was going to captain team USA again all the way back in mid December last year. The Europeans waited a little longer, but finally decided that Paul McGinley was going to be their guy.

McGinley was chosen unanimously by the European Tour tournament committee. His name maybe an upset on nationality alone. Of the final four candidates that were in the running, he was the only one that was non-Scottish. The competition will be played in Gleneagles, Scotland. He will be the first Irishman to ever capatin a Ryder Cup.

Of course most of you likely remember McGinley from his time with Europe in the Ryder Cup, most notably in 2002. That year he closed the door on team USA on the 18th hole. However, the guy did win four European Tours as well.

McGinley made headlines after many on team Europe,including the man himself Rory McIlroy, urged the committee to chose him. There is no doubt that he will have the full support from the squad.

It is easy to see how the Americans  have the advantage after this announcement. Watson has a ton of experience coaching and managing a Ryder Cup, while McGinley will be in his first year. However, In the same breath, McGinley is not new to team competitions at all.

McGinley has coached, and led, team Great Britain &  Ireland to two consecutive Seve Trophy victories.

For those who don’t know, the Seve Trophy is a tournament that pits Great Britain & Ireland against the rest of Europe. Great Britain & Ireland  have won the past six. 

Of course, the Seve Trophy and the Ryder Cup can be very different animals. So how McGinley moves from one team to the next will be interesting.

So now the trash talking begins? Probably not, but players now know who to impress if they wish to represent their country/continent

Information from Fox News, CNN, The Irishtimes and Independent UK was taken to help create this article. 

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