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Confident McGinley is aiming for gold in Rio

Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley (pictured) will once again lead Rory McIlroy into major competition after being announced as a leader of Ireland's Olympic golf team for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

The 47-year-old Dubliner led Europe to Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles in September and was hailed by McIlroy, the world number one who has opted to play for Ireland in Rio and who was named the named the British Sports Journalists Association's Sportsman of the Year yesterday.

An optimistic McGinley thinks Ireland is in a good position to possibly take medals in the competition, which is back in the Olympic schedule after a gap of over 100 years.

"It's a new adventure for us, golf not having been in the Olympics in our lifetime," McGinley said. "A gold medal is a huge thing, as everybody knows. If we could carry the form that the players have now forward for two more years ... and bring it into the Olympics, that would be great."