Monday 11 December 2017

McGinley left nothing to chance, not even the fish

USA team Captain Tom Watson (left) with Europe captain Paul McGinley as he leaves The Gleneagles Hotel
USA team Captain Tom Watson (left) with Europe captain Paul McGinley as he leaves The Gleneagles Hotel
Dowd Simpson, wife of USA's Webb Simpson, leaves The Gleneagles Hotel
USA's Rickie Fowler shakes hands with Europe team captain Paul McGinley (right) as he leaves The Gleneagles Hotel
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

VICTORIOUS Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has revealed how he left nothing to chance - going as far as colour-appropriate fish.

The Dublin man made sure that everything in the European team room was just right and planned it out in meticulous detail.

"Everything in the room was planned," McGinley said yesterday, "from the carpet to the wallpapers to the images on the wall, to a big fish tank with [European] blue and gold fish. It was the colours I was interested in rather than the breed. It was just a little, small touch.

"We had two rooms, a dining area and a lounge area. There was a big picture in the corner of John Jacobs, the first European captain, a big picture of the first Britain and Ireland team in 1927 and big pictures of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.

"We had a lot of different images around the team room. It was my idea for the fish tank and it worked great."

The Dublin man admitted the level of detail in the room had caused quite a stir. And while the fish had joined in on the celebrations they have recovered admirably.

"The fish are still there, swimming away, very happy, but they might have a few hangovers. A bit of wine may have been spilled into them.

"There have been a number of requests for images from the room and maybe we'll do a little portfolio and exhibit it," he said.

Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson also played a part in the European team room throughout the week and his years of success and famous attention to detail certainly seemed to rub off on McGinley and his men.

Another area that McGinley wasn't leaving to chance was the groupings, with the Dubliner admitting he gerrymandered the groupings of regular tour events to ensure Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson were able to form the bond that proved so vital at Gleneagles. "They didn't know what I was planning but I had planned for them to be partners. I had identified Graeme in a senior role."

Irish Independent

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