Ryder Cup 2016, Hazeltine National Golf Course, Chaska, Minnesota, USA

2014 has already been consigned to the dustbin of history. For Team USA, today is Day 1 of preparations for the great redemption of 2016. It looks like we’ve already stolen a march on our European counterparts. Team Europe is already been torn apart by bitter infighting and back stabbing.

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should succeed him.

McGinley is part of a five-man committee that will choose the European captain for 2016.

Clarke initially backed McGinley’s bid to be the 2014 captain, only to put himself forward and then move on to supporting Colin Montgomerie.

“I’m going to be very professional in my input,” said McGinley.

But, in December 2012, Clarke told the BBC that he was in the running to become captain, before appearing to back Montgomerie - who had led in 2010 - after the United States appointed Tom Watson.

“We do have an (unwritten) rule where we don’t ask anybody to do it again, but we might have to look at that,” said Clarke.

Ultimately, McGinley was named captain in 2013 and took Europe to a 16½-11½ success to earn praise from players Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

McGinley recently admitted that his conversations with Clarke were now “short and sweet”, but, when asked if his relationship with Clarke would be a problem for the Northern Irishman’s captaincy bid, McGinley said: "Absolutely no problem whatsoever.

"I’m going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward as to what it will be. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players, I want to get the opinion of the players.

"We’re very fortunate in Europe, a little bit like the Liverpool soccer team and the boot room. A lot of us have benefited hugely from being vice-captains. Darren has been a vice-captain along with many other guys.

“We will see where that all evolves and I’ll make a professional decision based on the views of people that I respect.”

McGinley will choose the new captain along with previous two skippers Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal, the European Tour chief executive and a representative from the tournament committee.

But the 47-year-old, who won the trophy three times as a player, says his Ryder Cup career is now over and that he has no desire to be captain or vice-captain again.

“I don’t think I’d be vice-captain to anybody going forward to be honest,” said McGinley, who was a vice-captain in 2010 and 2012.

"I’m very happy to help in an unofficial capacity but I don’t think I have the personality to go back in as vice-captain.

“That’s six I have been involved in and six wins. Like a heavyweight fighter, I will retire undefeated.”

McGinley said he would be happy to take on an advisory role, like the one former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson held at Gleneagles.

“I would certainly like to play a role, if required, a little bit like Alex Ferguson did this week for me,” he added.

"I bounced ideas off him. He didn’t preach to me. He didn’t tell me what to do, but what he did was he solidified my ideas and he gave me confidence that, yeah, my hunches were right.

“I certainly won’t be pushing myself forward, but whoever the next captain may be, if he has any questions, I’ll help in any single way I can.”


Jesus it’s gone to his head. Undefeated in a competition that the same team wins nearly all the time. Comparing himself to Alex Ferguson.

And Rocky Marciano presumably as well, the only world heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.

McGinley was only ever involved in this for self-gratification and the fact that he wants no more to do with the European team, now that he’s secured a lucrative after-dinner speaking career (despite being an appalling public speaker) off the back of it, proves this. Compare that to the way former winning captains Jose-Maria Olazabal and Tom Watson served their respective causes again without hesitation when asked, risking their winning legacies in the process, and you see the calibre of man who truly sacrifices himself for the good of the team. It was never about that with McGinley. It was only about him. Darren Clarke did what he did for the good of the team. Now it looks as if McGinley will try to extract his pound of flesh from the former Open champion - a man who put aside his acute personal grief after the death of his wife to serve the European cause so memorably. Only McGinley doesn’t have the honesty or the balls to admit it.

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger is open to the possibility of leading the United States in 2016.

Phil Mickelson sparked fierce debate[/URL] following defeat at Gleneagles when stating his [URL=‘http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/29404756’]support for Azinger’s winning formula in Valhalla in 2008.

The 44-year-old told a news conference that captain Tom Watson had not engaged with the players like Azinger had.

Asked about the chances of returning as captain at Hazeltine, Azinger said: “I’m not going to rule anything out.”

Azinger, America’s only winning captain this century after six defeats in seven contests for the US, said the PGA of America should change its captain selection process.

Of the last 10 US captains, only two had previously been vice-captains and the 54-year-old Azinger said the US should follow Europe’s lead and promote from within.

“We have lone-wolf captains,” he said. "So the US players have to adjust to a completely unique system to the previous two years.

"It is time for the PGA of America to recognise the great disconnect and formulate the same business model for selecting a captain as it does for selecting its president and officers.

"The PGA of America has officers that move up the ranks, getting sage advice along the way, and then many of them stick around and keep offering advice.

“I think the PGA of America should recognise their business model is exactly the same as what Europe uses in selecting a captain.”

Azinger would not condone or denounce Michelson’s criticisms of Watson.

The former world number two, who won two out of a possible three points, said Watson had “strayed from a winning formula” during Europe’s 16½-11½ success.


And so it begins. Sidwell starts talking crap to himself about a golf tournament that won’t happen for another two years.

The committee charged with selecting the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain has now been confirmed. It consists of:

Me, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Paul McGinley, David Howell and George O’Grady.

[QUOTE=“Bandage, post: 1028542, member: 9”]The committee charged with selecting the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain has now been confirmed. It consists of:

Me, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Paul McGinley, David Howell and George O’Grady.[/QUOTE]
The decision is imminent, straight shoot out between Clarke and Jimenez.

Davis Love III the hot favourite for the US job.

Darren Clarke gets the European captaincy, another great day for Irish golf :clap:


A disgusting decision.

Fucking terrible decision.

Himself and Davis Love are long time buddies and Clarke is popular in the USA, it has all the hallmarks of Faldo mark II so I am going to get in early and predict a big victory for team USA in 2016.

This fat prick is going to sully the great Ryder Cup by asking Steven Gerrard to speak to the team. He is a joke.

Exaggerate much?? Sure McGinley has already ruined it by asking whiskey nose

McGinley famously asked Sir Alex Ferguson to speak in Gleneagles and when Clarke was asked whether he would ask Gerrard, who will be in America playing for LA Galaxy, along to rally the troops, his reply was:

“Well, Los Angeles is not as close to Minnesota so we shall see. Paul [McGinley] obviously got a lot of help and advice from different people who were in management and I will do the same.

“I don’t know if he [Gerrard] will be on the list but there is a few people I’m thinking about.”

Gerrard, who plays off a handicap of 12, is a big golf fan and was pictured with McGinley in the Algarve before Christmas enjoying a round in Portugal.

The former England captain is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season to head Stateside and when Clarke – a Reds supporter – was probed about the subject further, he hinted that Gerrard is a sporting icon he would consider inviting into the team room.

“If I were to do something like that, he’d be someone I’d consider

[quote=“Mac, post: 1111823”]“If I were to do something like that, he’d be someone I’d consider
What a cunt.

That would certainly get my stamp of approval. Clarkey is the man.

Is this thing not every two years? Another big bandwagon for the Irish to jump on… Did you see the golf…


The Irish are simple little cunts all the same. Very excitable little folk.

[QUOTE=“Bean, post: 1111830, member: 301”]Is this thing not every two years? Another big bandwagon for the Irish to jump on… Did you see the golf…


The Irish are simple little cunts all the same. Very excitable little folk.[/QUOTE]