Paul McGinley named 2014 European Ryder Cup captain

Paul McGinley will lead the European Ryder Cup side at Gleaneagles in 2014

Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley will lead the European Ryder Cup side at Gleaneagles in 2014 after a decision was made by the European Tour Players Committee.

The announcement brings months of speculation to a close, with Colin Montgomerie coming to the fore as a late contender after Darren Clarke formally ruled himself out on Tuesday.

McGinley will be a popular choice amongst the players, with the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy backing him for the role before the appointment was confirmed.

McGinley - a self-confessed strategist - has captained Europe to two Seve Cup victories, and played a instrumental role as a vice-captain in Europe's scintillating final-round comeback at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

He also represented Europe three times as a Ryder Cup player, holing the winning putt at the Belfry in 2002.

"I am thrilled and delighted to have been given this honour," said McGinley.

"It's a huge honour and extremely humbling."

George O'Grady, the European Tour's chief executive, added: "It was a unanimous decision. It's a wonderful achievement for Paul, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the past."

 While Thomas Bjorn revealed that McGinley had been chosen from a shortlist of five players, the other being Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie.

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