NATURALLY as a member of Ballybunion and a huge fan, I was thrilled to hear the news that Tom Watson has been made US Ryder Cup captain for Gleneagles 2014 and it is fitting that he will captain his country on Scottish soil where, of course, he won four of his five Open championships.
As to who his opposite number will be on the European team, well that's still in the lap of the gods, with the European Tour set to make an announcement in January.
However, Rory McIlroy has thrown his weight behind Paul McGinley, less than 12 hours after Watson's appointment.
McIlroy tweeted that McGinley should get the job provided that his great friend and mentor Darren Clarke followed in 2016 at Hazeltine, to which Clarke re-tweeted his total agreement!
Ireland's triple major winner Padraig Harrington has also come out in support of his life-long friend McGinley and when asked if he himself was interested in the job replied "Me? I'll be playing."
Will the European Tour take notice? Remains to be seen.