Paul McGinley discusses the possibility of becoming the next Ryder Cup captain
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: November 17, 2012 6:47pm
He could be the man charged with retaining the Ryder Cup for Europe in Scotland in 2014.
But Paul McGinley is not the type of guy to go campaigning for it - despite many players on Tour having already made up their minds that he is the man for the job
Speaking with the man himself at his Paul McGinley Academy in Portugal, Sky Sports asked him for his take on being a Ryder Cup captain, and although he would not comment on the impending decision next year it's clear he has the knowledge and enthusiasm to do the job well.
Not that McGinley needs to go campaigning, as the likes of Rory McIlroy have already voiced their thoughts on the matter, suggesting he would make an ideal captain for Gleneagles, while Darren Clarke is also in the mix but could prefer to captain in the USA in 2016.
With 20 years of experience on the Tour, a winning putt at the Ryder Cup and two vice-captaincy appearances, McGinley is steeped in the competition, and although he is humble enough to talk down suggestions of being captain, it's obvious he would love to take up the role.
"I always say Sam Torrence was the best, and I say that because he was my first captain as a player and I learned so much from him. His man management of me...I look back on it now and I think 'wow, he knew me a lot better than I knew myself."
Having a number of players, and a lot of experts predicting him as the successor to Jose Maria Olazabal is a big boost though.
"It's been nice alright," he told Sky Sports. "I've watched with interest from the sidelines, but as I've said before the Ryder Cup captaincy is not something you go out and campaign for, it's something you're invited to be.
"So I think it's best that the less I say about it the better and just let it evolve in its own speed and its own time and let the committee make the decision and whatever that decision will be I'll be right behind it."
McGinley has played under three winning captains in Ryder Cups and been vice-captain now to two more, so he would have plenty of ideas to arm himself with should he be given the role as expected, with one of the main factors being man-management.
McGinley celebrates at the K Club in 2006
"I always say Sam Torrance was the best, and I say that because he was my first captain as a player and I learned so much from him," McGinley added. "His man management of me... I look back on it now and I think 'wow, he knew me a lot better than I knew myself' and he knew what boxes to tick for me to get the best out of myself.
"But they've all had some great traits, Bernhard Langer was extremely organised, hugely respected, and you had a real sense that he wasn't going to be outsmarted by anybody. You knew your captain was going to look after the team and make good decisions.
"Then you go to Woosie and what I loved about Wooise was his simplicity about what he did. He didn't try to over complicate it, he had a strong team with strong pairings he knew would work that had worked in previous Ryder Cups and he rolled them out again.
"He kept everyone involved even those who weren't playing in a session, he kept them prepared for when they would be asked to play. He decided to win that Ryder Cup with 12 players rather than try and rely on six or eight and I just loved that.
"So they were all very different captains but I learnt a lot from all of them."
McGinley is still playing competitively on Tour, but like so many golfers he is already looking at other interests, including his Academy and also golf course design - which has led to him spending a lot of time in Ghana, which he thinks will be an emerging golfing destination.
"The Paul McGinley Academy has been open a year now. The whole idea is not to go out and sell equipment but to provide service for members who are down here a lot. I want to build a relationship with the members.
"On the course architecture in Ghana - I've spent nearly 40 days this year in Ghana. There are 14 courses in the country, all designed in the 1920s and 30s, they've been left really not in good condition so we're going in and regenerating some of them with proper procedures, proper grasses and irrigation and training staff.
"The R&A accredited what we are doing, and we want to show them how to make money out of a course."