Jose Maria Olazabal believes appointing Paul McGinley as European Ryder Cup captain is a sound decision
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: January 16, 2013 9:01pm
Olazabal backs McGinley
Jose Maria Olazabal believes Europe have made a sound decision in appointing Paul McGinley as his successor as Ryder Cup captain.
McGinley was confirmed in the position on Tuesday night following a meeting of the European Tour's tournament committee in Abu Dhabi.
The Dubliner served as a vice-captain under Olazabal during Europe's memorable victory at Medinah last October and also carried out the same role at Celtic Manor in 2010.
The Spaniard feels the 46-year-old merits the opportunity to take on the top job and believes he will make a success of it.
"I think he has the experience, he's been in the last two Ryder Cups and from my personal experience I think he did a very good job at Medinah," Olazabal told Sky Sports.
"He had all the information, all the data, all the little details, he knows the players and he's very good at talking to the players. So in that regard I think it's a good selection."
The man who holed the crucial putt in Chicago last year also endorsed the appointment, with Germany's Martin Kaymer insisting McGinley would bring great man-management skills to the role.
"The things he said to me were very interesting and were good things I could use on the golf course," the German said.
"The way he talked to us was very respectful, he listened and that's very important. I'm very happy he's the Ryder Cup captain."
Two of Kaymer's team-mates also offered their support to McGinley, with Justin Rose and Peter Hanson both expressing their happiness for the Irishman.
"I'm very excited for Paul, very pleased for him," Rose stated. "It could obviously be a career-defining moment for him.
"It's obviously a huge honour, one he's clearly going to take incredibly seriously and I think he'll do a fantastic job.
Hanson added: "A lot of us players who have been playing the last few Ryder Cups are very happy to see him being named.
"It's well-deserved, he's done a fantastic job in the back-room for the previous two so I'm very excited for him."