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Rory McIlroy: I can't say enough about Paul McGinley

Europe players full of praise for Irishman

European team players Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate winning the Ryder Cup
European team players Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate winning the Ryder Cup
Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter of Europe poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy his team and their partners and wives after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamie Donaldson (L) and Europe team captain Paul McGinley pose with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy, his vice captains and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the Ryder Cup during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Europe's Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson kisses his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy embraces Jamie Donaldson (L) as they celebrate Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson celebrates with champagne after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez (front right) and Thomas Bjorn celebrate after securing the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
USA's Patrick Reed shakes hands with some Europe fans during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and Justin Rose celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley, to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after Europe win the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe's Jamie Donaldson (left) celebrates with captain Paul McGinley after winning the Ryder cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (R) raises his arms as he celebrates after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) celebrates with teammate Rory McIlroy after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler after winning 5&4 on the 14th green during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) shakes hands with U.S. player Keegan Bradley after winning their match to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Europe's Jamie Donaldson walks down the fifteenth fairway after playing into the green during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Team Europe players Rory McIlroy (L) and Justin Rose (C) celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during their 40th Ryder Cup singles golf match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates as he wins 5&4 on the 14th green against U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Amy Mickelson and Sybi Kuchar (R), the wives of U.S. Ryder Cup players Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, high five Team U.S. fans on the second fairway during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Europe vice captain Miguel Angel Jimenez entertains the crowd on the first tee during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Europe captain Paul McGinley (right) and Sir Alex Ferguson on the first tee during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with caddie Ken Comboy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
28 September 2014; Eddie Jordan watching Rory McIlroy, Team Europe, during his Singles Match against Rickie Fowler, Team USA. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Graeme McDowell (R) of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with team mate Rory McIlroy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley shares a joke with Europe team vice captains Jose Maria Olazabal, Sam Torrance, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Des Smyth during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
28 September 2014; An Irish flag during the Singles Matches. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Team Europe captain Paul McGinley and fans celebrate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates winning the ninth hole during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson embraces his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
USA's Patrick Reed reacts during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup players have heaped praise on Irishman Paul McGinley.

McGinley received public support from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald when the post was being decided in January 2013.

Sergio Garcia, who beat Jim Furyk on the 18th, said: "He has been so methodical. Every single aspect he needed to touch on, he did. I've been fortunate to have a lot of great captains but Paul did things a little bit differently but with great style.

"He has been a little bit more of a modern captain, taking care of every single detail. He knew what we had was good and working but improved it without changing it."

McIlroy added: "I can't say enough about the captain. Paul McGinley has been absolutely immense this week. He has left no stone unturned. He has given this week a lot of thought over the last two years. I am just glad it worked out for him."

Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson secured the trophy for the home team on the 15th green by beating former U.S. PGA champion Keegan Bradley 4&3.

He said: "He's been sensational, incredible. It's been a hell of a week."

Captain Paul McGinley described each of his players as "a colossus" after holders Europe won the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in the last 10 outings.

"Proud is the first word," McGinley told Sky Sports as he embraced the smiling Donaldson.

"I want to say it's been a real honour to get these 12 players, they have all been a colossus, all of them, the caddies, the backroom team, five vice-captains, it's been a huge team effort.

"This ugly face," McGinley said of Donaldson. "To see how happy it is, and the pride that we give to everybody and the happiness of the people in the stands...I'm giving it for everybody else, it's not for me.

"Playing is something very, very special and I said to the guys last night, as much as I've enjoyed captain, it's different than playing. Enjoy it, be out there and enjoy it, because the days happen so quick and they go. It's been a real great honour."

McGinley's American counterpart Tom Watson said the key to the outcome was Europe's two 3 1/2-point hauls from the foursomes sessions.

"The real difference was the foursomes," said the U.S. skipper. "The combined scores for our team in foursomes were really, really high compared to theirs.

Watch Jamie Donaldson's match-winning shot here.

 

"We made them think about us early on in the singles and then they turned it on but the foursomes play is what separated the two teams."

Asked what he would tell his team, Watson replied: "You played your best but it wasn't good enough. You've got to find out what it takes to play a little bit better".

Jamie Donaldson admitted he hit the best wedge shot of his life as he sealed Ryder Cup glory for Europe in Gleneagles.

"I hit the wedge shot of my life to close the game out. I can't really put words to it. It is unbelievable," Donaldson told Sky Sports.

"I knew it was getting tight there at the end and everyone was building on my group. I just tried not to spend too much time looking at the scoreboard.

"I was able to do it well enough to close it out.

"The lads have got on so well all week. There has been a great craic in there, it is an incredible week. It is hard to describe how good it is - there is nothing else like it in golf.

"It has been amazing to be a part of it."

On victorious captain Paul McGinley, he added: "He's been sensational, incredible. It's been a hell of a week."

McGinley paid tribute not only to his players, but everyone who had contributed to the win,

"It has been a real honour to captain these 12 players, our backroom team, it has been a huge team effort," he said.

"We had three or four big ideas which we kept feeding back to and they came off.

"I have a great sense of pride giving happiness to everyone."

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