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A Comfortable Captain

ABU DHABI, UAE | The first silly question of 2014 was addressed to Paul McGinley, and so was the second one, for that matter. Europe’s captain at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles was asked whether he had read Paul Azinger’s book about the 2008 event. “Yes,” McGinley replied. The second silly question followed immediately. “When did you read it?” “As soon as it came out,” McGinley replied. These are only silly questions
if you don’t know McGinley, 47. He is inquisitive and intelligent, which are some of the qualities that made him such a good choice as Europe’s captain for the match at Gleneagles. And it is because he is all the above, and a good few more besides, that the questions were silly. Of course, McGinley had read the book and, of course, he had read it when it came out soon after Azinger had masterminded the US victory at Valhalla. “I am not so arrogant as to think I don’t need as much information as I can get,” McGinley said. McGinley, who will announce his four vice captains starting in mid-summer, will make three selections to add to the nine men who qualify for his team. José María Olazábal only made two. McGinley is comfortable with his own decisions. If it seems as though he has a lot on his mind at the moment, it is because he has. It is not so much his own business interests with TaylorMade, with Clubs to Hire, with Tullow Oil in Ghana, where he spent more than 40 days in 2012, as large and small stuff to do with the biennial match against the Americans.


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