Mismatch fears over McGinley dispelled: Price

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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Phillip Price feared a mismatch when Europe chose Paul McGinley as captain to take on U.S. counterpart Tom Watson in next month's Ryder Cup but the Welshman said his initial concerns have been totally dispelled.

McGinley's modest playing record, and his overall standing in the sport, cannot compare to that of eight-times major winner Watson.

But Price, who caused a major shock by beating Phil Mickelson in the last-day singles in the 2002 edition at The Belfry, has been so impressed with the genial Irishman that he believes he could turn into an inspired selection as skipper.

"I initially felt there might be an awe factor, I felt it was not a good matchup," Price told Reuters in an interview. "I think he's been fantastic though.

"I've listened to him a lot on TV and he's come across so well. He's very thoughtful, he seems to have thought about the Ryder Cup an awful lot and every question that's thrown at him, he's always got a good answer."

Four-times European Tour winner McGinley holed the putt that won the Ryder Cup in 2002 but Price says next month's matches against the Americans at Gleneagles in Scotland could end up defining his career.

"I think this is his major and he's planned really well," explained the 47-year-old.

"This is it for him. I can imagine he's going to be more prepared than any captain there's ever been.   Continued...

Europe's Paul McGinley of Ireland watches his shot on the third hole during the second day of foursomes competition against Asia at the Royal Trophy golf tournament in Chonburi province, near Bangkok, January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang