Tuesday 17 October 2017

Players' private lives won't affect our Ryder Cup - Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley
Paul McGinley
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

RYDER CUP captain Paul McGinley said he has "no worries" about the European players' private lives affecting their performance on the course during the competition.

The 46-year-old told the Irish Independent he sees his role as purely professional and does not wish to wade in on personal issues.

"I'm not worried about people's personal lives, that is their own business," he said.

"And just because I'm Ryder Cup captain doesn't mean I feel like I need or have to be telling everyone how to run that side of their lives.

"It's not necessary, in my view, to be that person because players have teams of people around them that they rely on and I see it as their job instead of mine."

Rory McIlroy is expected to be among McGinley's selected competitors for the 2014 contest at Gleneagles, Scotland.

The 24-year-old sports star said earlier this month that his legal worries, following the termination of his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports, had weighed on him during a disappointing season.

Two-time Major winner McIlroy has also seen his relationship with Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki hit the headlines on numerous occasions. The couple were reported to have split last October, but Wozniacki sparked rumours the pair have reunited after she turned out to support McIlroy in Dubai earlier this month.

"Players are all very different -- some guys can be going through turmoil off the course and play their best golf," McGinley said.

"The thing I've learnt about teams over the years is that there's no set rule for everybody."

McGinley was speaking at Brown Thomas in Dublin last night, where customers were invited to an informal 'In Conversation With' evening.

The father-of-three told this newspaper he has not given any thought to his own career after the Ryder Cup.

"I'm incredibly busy and even though I know there are big challenges ahead, I'm learning a lot. It's a huge job and things are really going to kick off in the New Year," he said.

Irish Independent

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