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McGinley named European Ryder Cup captain

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Paul McGinley of Ireland was named the European Ryder Cup captain for the 2014 matches to be played at Gleneagles, Scotland.

McGinley, 46, is a three-time Ryder Cup participant who served as assistant captain the past two Ryder Cups. He was named captain on Tuesday after a long meeting by the selection committee in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

"Obviously absolutely thrilled and delighted to have this honor to lead the European team,'' said McGinley, according to ESPN.com. "To be leading the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honor. To be honest, it is quite a humbling experience to be sitting in this seat. It is a week I am really looking forward to.''

McGinley was selected to go up against a U.S. team that will be captained by Tom Watson for the second time.

While Watson was selected by PGA of America executives, the European Tour selects its captain by committee of 15 players, only 12 of whom were present for the selection in Abu Dhabi.

McGinley and Colin Montgomerie were believed to be the top two candidates after Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke recently took his name out of consideration because he wanted to try to play on the 2014 team.

"It was a long time to wait as they decided,'' McGinley said.
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