McGinley even angled for advantage with fish tank

Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:22am EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Such was the meticulous attention to every detail during Paul McGinley's victorious campaign as European Ryder Cup captain, the Irishman even made careful plans for the fish tank in the team room.

"Everything in the room was planned, from the carpet to the wallpapers to the images on the wall, to a big fish tank with (European) blue and gold fish," the smiling Irishman told a news conference on Monday.

"It was the colors I was interested in rather than the breed. It was just a little, small touch," McGinley said.

"We had two rooms, a dining area and a lounge area. There was a big picture in the corner of John Jacobs, the first European captain, a big picture of the first Britain and Ireland team in 1927 and big pictures of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

"We had a lot of different images around the team room. It was my idea for the fish tank and it worked great."

McGinley, still on a high after Europe won the biennial team event for the eighth time in 10 editions with a 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 victory over the U.S. on Sunday, said the fish might be a bit worse for wear the morning after the night before.

"The fish are still there, swimming away, very happy, but they might have a few hangovers," he laughed. "A bit of wine may have been spilt into them.

"There have been a number of requests for images from the room and maybe we'll do a little portfolio and exhibit it... and maybe the fish can come and be a part of that."   Continued...

 
Team Europe captain Paul McGinley (back) celebrates with players during the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne