McGinley on captaincy: 'I'll stand back and wait'


Paul McGinley may be the favorite to become the next European Ryder Cup captain, but the Irishman won’t actively lobby for the gig.

No, he is content to let his Ryder Cup resume do the talking for him.

“It’s a big honor to be Ryder Cup captain, but it’s not something I want to commit myself to or say too much about it,” he told the BBC. “It’s best if I just step away now and let things evolve. My caddie is a wily, old Scot, and he has a great saying: ‘Whatever’s for you, won’t pass you by.’ So I’ll just stand back and wait until January.”

McGinley, 45, has spent the past two Ryder Cups as a vice captain – first for Colin Montgomerie in 2010 at Celtic Manor, then for Jose Maria Olazabal two weeks ago at Medinah. Both European teams were victorious.

Though McGinley is the bookmakers’ favorite to land the job, he isn’t without competition. Darren Clarke figures to be a captain at some point, and Montgomerie, a Scot, has close ties to Gleneagles, the Ryder Cup host in two years.

“One way or the other, I’ll deal with it and move on,” McGinley said, according to the report. “There’s not much I can say. I’ve done my bit in terms of serving as a vice captain twice and captaining in two Seve Trophies. At this stage, it’s just waiting to see.”