PAUL McGINLEY has been hailed by Colin Montgomerie as the man to lead Europe into action at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles.
The Dubliner, one of Monty's assistants at Celtic Manor and so impressive as skipper of the winning GB&I team at the 2009 Vivendi (Seve) Trophy, will be the first Irish captain at the Ryder Cup if the Scot's wish comes true.
Monty, who doesn't want the position again, threw his full weight behind McGinley, a natural leader, who'll be 47 in 2014.
Asked whom he'd nominate for the role in Gleneagles, Monty said: "I have to say one name and that would be Paul McGinley.
"He was very good at the Vivendi Trophy -- I put him and Thomas Bjorn in there as captains and they came out with flying colours. And he was excellent at the Ryder Cup."
McGinley's biggest rivals for the position are likely to be his fellow vice-captains at Celtic Manor, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.