GLENEAGLES, Scotland – The Europeans hope to get a giant dose of inspiration from a not-so secret weapon.
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley lined up a surprise for his team getting Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former Manchester United manager, to give a speech Tuesday night, but the secret slipped when Ferguson was spotted walking with the team Tuesday morning.
“Everybody seems to know except the players,” McGinley said.
Ferguson, a Scot, managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013 and is revered as one of the greats of the game.
“I’ve always loved the way his teams played,” said McGinley, who is a West Ham fan.
Rory McIlroy is a Manchester United fan who admires Ferguson.
“This is not about him being a headmaster and coming in and preaching to them,” McGinley said. “This is about fun.”
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was asked if he had any special guests lined up to speak to his team.
"I've already given them some talks," Watson said. "And will be continuing."