On Wednesday, a day after revealing his three captain’s picks, McGinley announced that Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal will serve as vice captains for the Sept. 26-28 matches at Gleneagles.
The trio that was announced Wednesday has competed in combined 17 Ryder Cups. Olazabal, of course, was the captain who led Europe to a stunning, come-from-behind victory at Medinah in 2012.
Harrington, a three-time major champion, will almost certainly serve as the European captain someday, and this will be his first time as an assistant. It will be third vice-captain gig for both Jimenez.
“I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice captains,” McGinley said, “but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the home team, in addition to how well we saw such a system working when we ended up having five vice captains under Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010.”