Gleneagles is ready to back newly appointed European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley to the hilt in the bid to defend the coveted trophy on Strathearn soil.
Dubliner McGinley (46) was named captain of the 2014 team this week – the first Irishman to receive the honour – and goes head to head with veteran US skipper Tom Watson in Perthshire from September 26-28 next year.
McGinley, a four-time winner on the European Tour, made three consecutive, and victorious, Ryder Cup appearances from 2002-2006 and will be remembered as the man who holed the winning putt during his first appearance at the Belfry 11 years ago.
He was vice-captain to José María Olazábal at Medinah last time out and to Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor four years ago.
Monty was in the frame for another captaincy but the Players’ Tournament Committee meeting in Abu Dhabi opted for the Irishman.
McGinley has also been captain of two winning Great Britain and Ireland Teams in the Vivendi Seve Trophy, defeating Continental Europe in both 2009 and 2011.
Patrick Elsmie, Gleneagles’ managing director, said: “We’re delighted that the European captain has finally been announced, and think that Paul McGinley is a fantastic choice to lead Team Europe in 2014.
“He’s a very popular with his fellow players and fans, and has always been very supportive of the Johnnie Walker Championship here.
“Having holed the winning putt at the Belfry in 2002, and twice served as vice-captain, he’s in a great position to take on Tom Watson’s team at Gleneagles next year, and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action.”
Andrew Jowett, Gleneagles’ head pro, added: “It’s great to have our European captain in place. Given Paul’s previous experience of playing in the Johnnie Walker Championship, he’ll be familiar with how the PGA Centenary Course plays, and the golf team looks forward to working with him in the coming months to help set up the course to his specifications – and hopefully seeing him lead the European team to victory next year.”