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Paul McGinley names Des Smyth and Sam Torrance as Vice-Captains for The 2014 Ryder Cup

Paul McGinley, the European Captain for The 2014 Ryder Cup, has named Ireland’s Des Smyth and Sam Torrance of Scotland as his first two Vice Captains for the contest against the United States at Gleneagles this September.

The duo will bring vital Ryder Cup experience to the European team room; Torrance having played in eight consecutive matches from 1981 to 1995, memorably holing the winning putt at The Belfry in 1985, one of three winning teams he was a part of. It is a venue which continued to have particular resonance for the Scot when, 17 years later, he assumed the role of European Captain there and led his charges to an emotional 15 ½ - 12 ½ triumph.


Ryder Cup Captains predict close match in 2014

Both European Captain Paul McGinley and his US counterpart Tom Watson predicted another close contest for The 2014 Ryder Cup to a packed conference at the Gleneagles Hotel at the end of the 2014 Ryder Cup Year to Go celebrations.

McGinley and Watson were giving their first joint conference to mark the end of two days of events which swept from the historic heart of Edinburgh Castle and onto Gleneagles, via steam train, bringing together the past, present and future.

Europe have won seven of the last nine biennial contests, including the 'Miracle of Medinah' comeback from 10-6 down last year, causing the PGA of America to ask Tom Watson to reprise his role as captain at The Belfry in 1993, the last time the USA tasted success on European soil.


European Ryder Cup captain to be chosen by 5-man panel

The European Ryder Cup Captain, from the 2016 contest onwards, will be decided by a select five-man panel; it has been announced today by Ryder Cup Europe.

The 15-strong Tournament Committee of The European Tour – led by Chairman Thomas Björn – decided upon the change at their last committee meeting, held during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, a decision which has since been ratified by the Board of Ryder Cup Europe.


European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley to have three Wild Card picks

European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley has announced he will have three wild card selections to complete his team for The 2014 Ryder Cup.

It is an increase from the two picks his predecessor José Maria Olazábal opted for before the trip to Medinah last September and will bring McGinley in line with his American counterpart Tom Watson who, in March, announced he was reducing his number of picks from four to three for the contest at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland in September 2014.


McGinley thrilled with selection as Ryder Cup Captain

Paul McGinley was understandably “thrilled” to be selected to lead Europe in their defence of The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland next year.

The 46-year-old Dubliner, who becomes Ireland's first Captain in the event, takes over from José María Olazábal against an American side that will have golfing great Tom Watson back in charge at the age of 65.

McGinley holed the ten-foot winning putt on his debut at The Belfry in 2002 and was also part of the victorious sides in 2004 and 2006 before becoming an assistant to Colin Montgomerie three years ago and then Olazábal at Medinah - both wins as well, of course.


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