Jacklin urges McGinley to go with gut instincts

Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:42pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Jacklin, the most decorated European Ryder Cup captain of all time, has urged Paul McGinley to go with his gut instincts when the Irishman leads the holders into battle against the U.S. at Gleneagles later this month.

Jacklin was an inspirational general between 1983-89, winning two and tying one of his four matches in charge as Europe ended a 28-year American stranglehold on the biennial team event.

"Be true to yourself, go with your hunches, that would be my advice to Paul," the 70-year-old Englishman told Reuters in an interview ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup that will be staged in Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

"Don't be afraid to rock the boat if that's what you feel. You've got to keep tabs on everybody, be everyone's best pal, but when you get a gut instinct on things you've got to have the courage to work on it.

"Paul is going to have lots of people advising him from the outside but at the end of the day the buck stops with him and it's important he feels that whatever it is that he's doing, he feels it's 100 percent what he wants," said Jacklin.

"It will be very important how he does the pairings for the fourballs and foursomes and then he must get his order right for the last-day singles."

McGinley will be up against a golfing great when he pits his wits against eight-times major winner Tom Watson who will be in charge of the American team at Gleneagles.

Jacklin said the role of captain had altered a lot since his time in charge.   Continued...

Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, China's Hainan province October 20, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu