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Europe name McGinley as Ryder Cup Captain

Golfers of the world, meet Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley of Dublin, Ireland.

The 46-year-old golfer takes over from Jose Maria Olazabal and will face Team USA and Tom Watson in Gleneagles, Scotland in a years time.

The favourite for a while, and certainly the player's choice - if Rory McIlroy's strong recommendation earlier this week is anything to go by, McGinley survived a late application for captaincy by former skipper Colin Montgomerie, to be named as the new leader of Team Europe.

''To lead the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor,'' McGinley told reporters Tuesday. ''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.''

His peers certainly seem convinced that he is the man for the job, even if there was some talk about the man as a golfer and player lacking the caliber to match up to his more celebrated opposite number, Tom Watson.

''I think that as a captain, he will bring the tour even more together,'' said Thomas Bjorn, chairman of the players' committee. ''He is one of us. There has never been a distance to Paul. He's a guy you can talk to. He's got great opinions, and he's been fantastic in the Ryder Cup.''

Fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington praised the selection, which makes McGinley Ireland's first ever Ryder Cup captain, and lauded the Dubliner's man-management skills in particular.

''He comes in with the most support of the players who will play under him,'' Harrington said. ''There was massive outpouring from the guys who will likely be on that team. It is a great position for him. That is no slight against Monty. He did a great job when he was Ryder Cup captain, but the guys think it's time for someone else. Paul is the man.''

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