McGinley has sparked new captaincy style, say players

Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:10pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Paul McGinley has paved the way for captains of the future with the special way he plotted Europe's 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 victory in the 40th Ryder Cup, his players said on Sunday.

McGinley seemed one step ahead of United States counterpart Tom Watson all week at Gleneagles and his victorious team said he had been a true inspiration.

"I think Paul got a great template and a model for captains going forward," veteran campaigner Lee Westwood told a news conference involving the skipper and all 12 of his players.

"You could base your future captain around the way Paul did it this week. He cherry-picked from captains he had played under and spoke to them...people like Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sam Torrance."

Sergio Garcia, the subject of derogatory comments this week from 2008 skipper Nick Faldo who described the Spaniard as "useless" at Valhalla six years ago, then brought the house down with a pointed barb at the six-times major champion.

Turning to Westwood, he smiled and said: "Do you think he talked to Faldo...just a question?".

Garcia's team mate replied pithily: "I don't think we need to lower the tone in such a positive moment do we?

"I couldn't criticize Paul's captaincy at any point during the week," said the 41-year-old Westwood. "I thought from start to finish he got it all right."   Continued...

Captain Paul McGinley (C) holds the Ryder Cup as Team Europe golfers pose for a group photograph after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble