McGinley should be Ryder Cup captain, says McIlroy

Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:44pm EST
 

By Matt Smith

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - World golf number one Rory McIlroy wants Ireland's Paul McGinley to be Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup skipper, rather than Colin Montgomerie, with a decision on the captaincy due on Tuesday.

Victorious 2010 captain Montgomerie has been linked to the position a second time for next year's event in the eight-times European Tour order of merit winner's native Scotland, something McIlroy disagrees with.

"I personally don't feel like Monty has anything to gain over this," the twice major winner said at a presentation unveiling him as the new Nike ambassador on Monday.

"If we go to Gleneagles and lose he's already a winning Ryder Cup captain. I'm fully behind Paul and I think Paul should get the job and hopefully he does."

World number three Luke Donald also voiced his support for McGinley when the Englishman wrote on Twitter on Monday: "I hope Paul McGinley gets his chance, he's been an amazing vice-captain and deserves an opportunity."

McIlroy played under three-times Ryder Cup winner McGinley for Britain and Ireland at the 2009 Seve Trophy against continental Europe and said his captaincy was awe-inspiring.

"He did an unbelievable job. (Of) any captain I've played under, I feel he was the best," said the 23-year-old, who opens his season at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday.

"I think he'd make a really good captain. He doesn't leave any stone unturned. When he's been a vice-captain in the two Ryder Cups that I've played he's always brought a lot to the table and a lot of ideas."   Continued...

 
Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches as his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan during their women's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz