Paul McGinley could become Ireland’s first ever Ryder Cup captain when the US take on Europe in Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014.
The Dubliner, whose father and mother come from Donegal, has already shown his leadership qualities at Ryder Cup level and in the Seve Trophy. He is now favourite to succeed Jose Maria Olazabal who is captain when the competition takes place in the US this September.
McGinley’s chances have been helped by the backing he received this week from fellow Irish professional, Darren Clarke, who is also a possible future Ryder Cup captain.
“Clarkey is not going for 2004,” McGinley said this week. “He has given his support to me. That helps. Everything helps. It’s pretty odds-on that Darren is going to be captain in 2016,” said McGinley, who was a spectator along with his father, Michael, at the recent Donegal-Armagh Allianz League game in MacCumhaill Park.
The 45-year-old has always taken a great interest in Donegal GAA and golf and is a regular visitor to Dunfanaghy Golf Club.
McGinley played on three wining Ryder Cup teams, famously holing the winning putt in 2002 at The Belfry. He was on the winning teams of 2004 and 2004 was was non-playing captain in 2010 in Wales when Europe were also winners, giving him a very good record.
All Donegal sports followers and especially those with an interest in golf will be hoping that he gets the honour he deserves and there certainly would be a spin-off for Donegal as a result.