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McGinley fav to be next Ryder Cup captain after Miracle of Medinah

by Sean Goff | October 1, 2012
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OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN: Paul McGinley with Hollywood legend Michael Douglas  (pic:Inpho)

Sean Goff | Sports Reporter

The dust has settled on the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ when the Europeans came from 10-4 down at one stage  to record a staggering 14.5 to 13.5 win.

Europe are already 4/5 favourites to defend their title at Gleneagles in 2014 after dedicating their heroic win to the legendary Seve Ballesteros.

And Paddy Power make Ireland’s Paul McGinley and two-time Ryder Cup vice captain the 5/6 favourite to take over the hot seat in Paddy Power’s online betting with Freddie Couples heading the American list at 11/8.

The Chicago Tribune thundered that the defeat on home soil was ‘inexcusable’ and Phil Mickelson had to leap to the defence of US captain Davis Love III at a post-match press conference.

But it wasn’t all sweetness and light in Team Europe as Graeme McDowell revealed that captain Jose Maria Olazabal had given his side the Alex Ferguson ‘hairdryer’ treatment on Saturday night after his side had gifted the Americans a 10-6 lead heading into Sunday’s final day singles’ contest.

Martin Kaymer’s putt saw the visitors complete a comeback not seen since the Americans beat a Mark James’ led European side at Brookline in 1999 – but it was Olazabal front-loading his singles’ selection that gave Europe the momentum early doors on Sunday.

This is indescribable. I was so nervous in the last two or three holes. Now I know how it really feels to win the Ryder Cup.

Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood brought home seven points for Europe before Kaymer sealed the deal and Francesco Molinari ensured the European win by halving his game with Tiger Woods.

But the final word on an epic weekend went to Jose Maria Olazabal who paid tribute to his now deceased best friend who he won 11 and halved two of their 15 matches as a pair in the Ryder Cup.

Seve (Ballesteros) will always be present with this team. He was a big factor for this event, for the European side, and last night when we were having that meeting, I think the boys understood that believing was the most important thing, and I think they did.

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