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.
That's what I call a team effort! Everyone played their part this week, so proud to be a part of #TeamEurope. Captain McGinley = phenomenal— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) September 28, 2014
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.
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"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."
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, the target for American jibes earlier in the week, led from the front as Europe won the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in the last 10 contests after being given an early scare at Gleneagles. Here are all the scores and results from the weekend action.
There was to be no miracle, no get-even at Gleneagles. The US made the Ryder Cup singles interesting, thrilling even, and for a while the implausible seemed possible. But it was to be Jamie Donaldson who had the honour of winning the point which gave their eighth Europe victory time in 10 years.