The Dubliner will lead the team at Gleneagles next year, and reaction was largely positive to the news.
Here is a look at how big names in golf took to Twitter to give their views:
IAN POULTER (Ryder Cup specialist, looking to make his fifth appearance next year): "Paul Mcginley Ryder Cup captain truly really happy that he has given the opportunity to captain the 2014 Ryder Cup team."
RORY McILROY (World number one, and McGinley's biggest supporter for the job): "Common sense prevailed in the end.... Paul McGinley 2014 European Ryder Cup captain!!! Couldn't be happier for him... Roll on Gleneagles"
EDOARDO MOLINARI (Italian who played in the 2010 match): "I am sure that Paul will be a fantastic captain! Well done to him...and now it's time to work even harder to be part of his team!"
SCOTT JAMIESON (Scot who has made a flying start to the season): "Congrats Paul McGinley, def gets my vote, will be a great Ryder Cup captain."
TOM WATSON (United States Ryder Cup captain): "Congrats to Paul McGinley on your R/C Captaincy. Looking forward to our future competition. You're a class act."
DUSTIN JOHNSON (2011 Open runner-up, Ryder Cup player in the last two events): "Heard the Ryder Cup news about McGinley... @TomWatsonPGAPro & the USA will be ready!!!!"
DAVID DUVAL (former world number one and two-time Ryder Cup player): "Congrats to McGinley for the captaincy. We competed first 20 plus years ago in the Walker Cup."
GARY PLAYER (South Africa's nine-time major champion): "Congrats to Irishman Paul McGinley on being selected as European Ryder Cup Captain for 2014.Team player, players choice, my best."