ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Paul McGinley was chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014, ending a chaotic campaign marked by a late challenge from former captain Colin Montgomerie.
McGinley, a 46-year-old Irishman, replaces Jose Maria Olazabal, whose team rallied to victory over the United States in October at Medinah, outside Chicago. Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.
"To lead the cream of the crop in the Ryder Cup is going to be a huge honour," McGinley said at a news conference Tuesday. "To be quite honest, it is a very humbling experience to be sitting in this seat. It is a week I'm looking forward to. It's a whole new experience for me, the chanced to be a captain."
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy spoke forcefully Monday and Tuesday in favour of the new captain. He said Montgomerie would be less motivated because he captained the winning 2010 Ryder Cup team.
"Common sense prevailed in the end.... Paul McGinley 2014 European Ryder Cup captain!!! Couldn't be happier for him... Roll on Gleneagles," McIlroy tweeted.
McIlroy later appeared at the news conference to welcome the new captain.
"He makes you feel so good about yourself," McIlroy said.
-- The Associated Press