European Tour

McGinley upbeat despite snub

2013-09-23 18:03
Paul McGinley (Getty Images)
Gleneagles - Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is resigned to being without six of last year's victorious Medinah team members teeing up in next week's Seve Trophy in France.

Qualifying for the biennial event featuring a Great Britain and Ireland team up against a European team ended on Sunday.

McGinley, as incumbent Ryder Cup captain, oversees the Seve Trophy including picking both rival captains in Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal.

However he's already been advised the top six qualifiers on the Great Britain and Ireland team will not be competing at the tournament held near Versailles.

The six include the three leading Great Britain and Ireland qualifiers and US Open winners Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell.

Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter also will be absent.

"I knew that the top GB & I qualifiers were not going to play but then there is no excuse for the younger guys not to play, and the guys who don't hold dual European and PGA Tour membership," said McGinley.

"As far as I am concerned it will be a great learning experience for the younger guys like Jamie Donaldson, Stevie Gallacher, Chris Wood and David Lynn.

"That's one of the reasons I first chose an experienced past Ryder Cup captain in Sam (Torrance) and then Jose Maria (Olazabal) so the younger guys could learn a lot from those two.

"And this is how I see the future of the Seve Trophy heading, as our leading players are competing in the FedEx Cup each year at the time of the Seve Trophy."

McGinley was speaking as he and rival USA Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson boarded a specially commissioned steam train from Edinburgh's Waverley Station bound for Gleneagles in a series of celebrations to mark a 'Year To Go' until the commencement of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

"The captains were joined by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, Minister for Sport, Shona Robison, European Ryder Cup Director, Richard Hills and PGA of America President, Ted Bishop.

There were also a number of celebrity ambassadors including actor James Nesbitt, JLS star Marvin Humes and ex-European star footballers, Alan Hanson and Ruud Gullit.

Upon arrival at the Gleneagles Station a commemorative flagstone was unveiled ahead of McGinley and Watson playing nine holes on the PGA Centenary course.

"The Ryder Cup is an iconic event in the world's sporting calendar and what better way to kick if off than to arrive into Gleneagles Station in a 1927 built steam train, and the year the Ryder Cup was first played," said McGinley.

"There is tremendous excitement already around the Ryder Cup with a year to go, so you can only imagine what it will be like when we get to next September."

Watson remarked: "I am grateful for the opportunity to be captain in Scotland, a country that has been very special to me during my career.

"It's also hard to believe it was nearly 20 years ago I enjoyed one of the thrilling experiences in my career in being the American captain in 1993.

"Now I look forward eagerly to being back here next September again as USA captain."

Meantime - the European Tour has announced that qualifying for the 2014 European Ryder Cup team will end at next year's Italian Open.

Read more on:    seve trophy  |  golf


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.


Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.