Thomas Bjorn says support from leading players made Paul McGinley the obvious choice as Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain

Last Updated: 15/01/13 8:39pm

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European Tour tournament committee chairman Thomas Bjorn has revealed that support from leading players made Paul McGinley the obvious choice as Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain.

The Dane chaired the meeting that ultimately led to McGinley being appointed and revealed that a number of other candidates had also been considered.

As well as Colin Montgomerie who was widely known to be rivaling McGinley, Bjorn disclosed that Sandy Lyle, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul Lawrie had also been considered for the position.

However, he explained that high-profile support from the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy and his Medinah team-mates Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, had swung the vote in McGinley's favour.

"This committee is 100 percent behind this captain, and it was very obvious very early in the meeting that this was the route the committee wanted to go," Bjorn said.

Right decision

"We made the right decision, our players on the Tour wanted us to make this decision and we listen to our players and that's who we represent.

"We are thrilled that we have Paul as captain, I think he's a captain that will bring the Tour even more together - he is one of us, there has never been a distance to Paul.

"He's a guy you can talk to, he's got great opinions and he's been fantastic in the Ryder Cup.

"All those names were discussed and we're happy we came out with this choice. It's never an easy choice to make because everybody that was discussed has all the rights to be Ryder Cup captain but we had to choose one and we think we chose the right one."

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