Ryder Cup 2014: Jose Maria Olazabal backs captain Paul McGinley at Gleneagles

Last Updated: 20/03/14 12:10pm

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Jose Maria Olazabal has called on captain Paul McGinley to remain calm under pressure when Europe defend their Ryder Cup crown at Gleneagles in September.

The Spaniard was the mastermind behind what became known as 'the miracle in Medinah' in 2012 after inspiring his team to overturn a massive four point deficit on the final day to defeat America.

With McGinley naming Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as the first two vice-captains on Tuesday, Olazabal feels the Irishman will face a lot of obstacles during a hectic week.

"As a player your main focus is on the game itself, on playing good golf and executing the right shot at the right time. As captain, it's a different story," he told Sky Sports.

"You have a lot of things going on in the back of your mind. You're trying to follow every player and see how he's feeling, how he's playing.

"You also have to keep good attention on the media demand during the week. It's quite hectic in the sense you have matches being played in the morning. You have to give the pairings for the afternoon, obviously well before the match itself is finishing in the morning and you have to think about all those elements. You know, it's different.

"That Thursday (at the) opening ceremony he will say 'Ok, this is it. Now it's truly down to business'. I'm sure that he will be well prepared. He has the experience.

"He will have to rely on his players, how good your players are playing and at the end of the day you have to really have faith and trust the players and hope for the best."

And when asked what single piece of advice he would offer McGinley when it comes to crunch time, Olazabal said: "Be patient, don't let the emotions fool you. Things might not go your way, but it's not the end of the world.

"Things can change around and even if things are going your way, you have to stay calm and say 'this is not over yet and we have to keep the foot on the pedal'".

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