'Roll on Gleneagles' -- Rory and Co tweet delight at decision
Published 16/01/2013 | 06:30
RORY McIlroy -- the €150m man and the player most influential in getting Paul McGinley over the line -- led the tributes to the new Ryder Cup captain.
"Common sense prevailed in the end," McIlroy said, as the announcement was made that McGinley, and not Colin Montgomerie, had got the biggest job in European golf.
The World Number One tweeted: "Couldn't be happier for him . . . Roll on Gleneagles."
Minutes after the Dubliner was confirmed as captain, the tributes began to pour in for the affable 46-year-old.
Golfer Paul Lawrie, who put in a key performance to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah last September, said: "Huge congrats to Paul McGinley. Hope I'm in your team."
West Ham United FC tweeted its congratulations to "Hammers fan" McGinley, while former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann also lent his support saying: "Good Luck to Paul McGinley for the Ryder Cup 2014."
Italian star golfer Edoardo Molinari, who was missing from the team last year, tweeted: "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!"
Golfer and Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter tweeted that he was "truly really happy that McGinley had been given the opportunity".
Pre-empting the announcement, player Luke Donald supported McGinley, describing him as an "amazing vice-captain".
US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, pictured, also lent his approval and tweeted: "Congrats to Paul McGinley. Looking forward to our future competition. You're a class act."
Actor Simon Delaney said: "Congratulations to Paul McGinley! Good man Paul, right man for the job. Another Irish success story!"