Paul McGinley has hailed the input both Jim McGuinness and Jim Gavin had in Europe’s Ryder Cup success over the USA.
McGuinness was captured on TV following Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in Gleneagles at the weekend and captain McGinley has admitted he sought the advice of the Donegal manager.
Coincidently, McGinley also turned to Dublin football manager Gavin following their All Ireland semi-final defeat against Donegal.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was another high-profile name who joined forces with the European juggernaut and he gave a motivational speech to the Europeans on the eve of the first day.
“Jim (McGuinness) has been a great friend of mine for many years,” said McGinley on Today FM’s Off The Ball tonight.
“He lives up just beside my dad in Donegal. Jim Gavin too, I called him after the Donegal defeat. I know Jim and I know how he would have prepared.
“They are all very honest and open to me in all this. It’s been very beneficial to me as captain.”
Since Bernard Gallacher led the team for the third time in 1995, each captain has been appointed for just one contest. Miguel Angel Jimenez was a vice-captain under McGinley while Thomas Bjorn played against the Americans at Gleneagles.
While Nick Faldo was turning his criticism of Sergio García against himself by referring to his 2008 Ryder Cup leadership as “useless”, the European team were cheering the Spaniard when he poked fun at the five-time major winner.