2014 Ryder Cup
The Captain, Lady Captain, members and staff of Grange Golf Club are united in their joy at Europe’s success in the 2014 Ryder Cup. We extend congratulations to victorious Captain Paul McGinley and his team and look forward seeing Paul – and the Ryder Cup – back at Grange soon.
We are extremely proud of fellow member Paul and his team who were convincing winners at Gleneagles, defeating their American rivals 16.5 – 11.5, thus retaining the Ryder Cup for the third successive time. The European side was fulsome in their praise and admiration for McGinley's leadership.However, Paul says that the players have only themselves to thanks, after the way in which they responded to both his decisions and the pressure they were under.
“It's all well and good putting the plan and strategy in place but these guys did the work," said McGinley, speaking to Sky Sports. "I was very lucky and I'm very appreciative to have those 12 guys to carry it out. I had to make some tough calls. With Luke Donald, it eats away at me because he was so supportive of me as captain. He's been a great Ryder Cup player over the years. That was a tough call”.
"There were other tough calls during the week - Ian Poulter not playing on the second afternoon because I thought he was going to play and he thought he was going to play. Then, at the 11th hour, I decided Martin Kaymer would break up that dynamic. That was a big call and went down to the last minute”.
"The way Ian Poulter accepted that decision; he came up to me on the golf course in the afternoon and was consoling me. That means more to me than Ian Poulter banging on the heart of what he did at Medinah, as great as that was”.
But the European team players disagree, giving Paul enormous credit for his skills and abilities as a team manager. Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who clinched the winning point in Sunday's singles, said: “Paul has been sensational. He did a fantastic job. He motivated the team to get ready for the task. The lads have got on so well all week. It’s been great craic in there. It’s just an incredible week.”
Sergio Garcia added: “Paul was amazing. Every detail was right there.” And Rory McIlroy, who became the first man since US legend Watson in 1977 to win two Majors and the Ryder Cup in the same year, revealed McGinley had bonded the European team together.
Thank you Paul for the wonderful week of golf; we’re very proud of you.
Grange is very proud to be associated with Paul, who we consider to be our greatest-ever golfer. Paul has been involved with Grange since the 80s and represented it with distinction during his time as an amateur and since. We were delighted when we heard of his appointment as Europe's Ryder Cup Captain.
Read about Paul's involvement with Grange in an excerpt from Grange's official history.
Paul McGinley interview
See Paul being interviewed by Fred Cogley about himself and Grange when he visited the K Club for the Ryder Cup
For more information about Paul, visit his official website
For the latest Ryder Cup points information, click here