Paul McGinley hoping to get nod as skipper for 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

Last Updated: 15/01/13 6:42pm

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McGinley deserves the captaincy

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Paul McGinley will find out tonight if his dream of becoming Ryder Cup captain for 2014 becomes a reality.

The 46-year-old Dubliner is being backed by world number one Rory McIlroy and other prominent members of Europe's winning team at Medinah, where McGinley played a key role as vice-captain.

But although expected main rival Darren Clarke has now officially ruled himself out of the running, McGinley's hopes took a downward turn on Monday after sources close to 2010 winning captain Colin Montgomerie revealed that they were highly confident that the Scot would get a second turn at captaincy at Gleneagles next year.

The European Tour's tournament committee meets in Abu Dhabi tonight with a decision expected on who will be skipper announced later that evening.

As well as being a winning captain, Monty's credentials are that the event takes place only a few miles from the Scot's home and he also fits the bill for a big personality to oppose US skipper Tom Watson.

But McGinley's CV is impressive too. As a Seve Trophy captain or a Ryder Cup assistant or player, he's never once been on the losing side.

Discussing his vice-captaincy position under Jose Maria Olazabal last year, he was clear on his strength.

"Personally, I love the tactical side of it, the motivational side and the team element of it - and I love being in the team room. The team meetings always give me a great buzz as a player.

"I don't want to give too much away, but I do watch a lot of things you wouldn't even know about, including press conferences. I'm intrigued with it, I have to say. I'm intrigued with how Ryder Cups have been won and lost over the years.

"I've asked a lot of questions of a lot of people and got a lot of information, not just from our side. I've always enjoyed having a beer with the American players or captain afterwards. I've done that on a few occasions and asked them their strategy for the week and why did they make certain decisions."

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