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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Smyth and Torrance set to back up McGinley

Karl MacGinty in Abu Dhabi

US Ryder Cup skipper Tom Watson won't feel too much of a generation gap in Gleneagles with sprightly veterans Des Smyth and Sam Torrance expected to figure on Paul McGinley's European back-room team.

McGinley will probably wait until the end of this year before naming his four vice-captains but don't be surprised if the Dubliner asks his greatest Irish mentor Smyth and Scot Torrance to ride shotgun alongside him in 2014.

Smyth (59) played in two Ryder Cups and was one of Ian Woosnam's assistants at The K Club in 2006. He has been a source of advice and inspiration to McGinley throughout his professional career.

The Bettystown native is still highly competitive on the European Seniors Tour and after racking up 25 professional victories over five different decades, plans to carry on winning into his 60s.

McGinley, meanwhile, has expressed his admiration of Torrance's man-management skills on many occasions since famously clinching victory for the European team captained by the Scot in 2002.

With the ever-affable Smyth and quick-witted Torrance, Ireland's first-ever captain would strike a personable and amiable atmosphere with his assistants, who also are expected to include two current European Tour professionals.

Irish Independent

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