McIlroy backs McGinley to lead Europe

Published Monday, 14 January 2013
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Rory McIlroy sees no need for Europe to turn back to Colin Montgomerie as captain for next year's match at Gleneagles.

McIlroy backs McGinley to lead Europe
Rory McIlroy said the captaincy should be a 'one-time thing'. (© Getty)

Northern Ireland's world number one said he wants Dubliner Paul McGinley to be named on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, where he and Tiger Woods start their seasons on Thursday.

With Darren Clarke expected to confirm to the European Tour's tournament committee that he does not think the time is right for him, McGinley and Montgomerie are the two names on most lips ahead of the meeting.

Meanwhile, last September's captain Jose Maria Olazabal also thinks there are enough good candidates not to have to recall his predecessor Montgomerie.

And the 46-year-old still insists he will never take the job on again - not even in Spain one day.

Olazabal, of course, led Europe to a thrilling comeback victory in Chicago after they had trailed 10-4.

"I would never do it again," he told Press Association Sport in Durban, where he was competing in the Volvo Golf Champions.

"First of all it's a lot of energy and time, a huge demand and the pressure is quite big.

"It's a different pressure, not one we are used to out there playing on the course. The media scrutinise everything you say and every possibility.

"On top of that, I've done it and it couldn't have been any better. Even if it was held in Spain again somewhere down the line I wouldn't do it," he continued.

"Monty has also done it and was successful too (at Celtic Manor in 2010). If I was him I wouldn't do it again, but Monty is his own man.

"It's being played in Scotland close to his home. It's his decision.

"I am a strong believer that we have a generation of players that deserve the captaincy - and some might miss out because there are just too many.

"I think it's right to give those guys a chance."

McGinley and Clarke were long-time front-runners for the next match, but on Friday Clarke said: "As much as I would dearly love to be captain this may not be my time".

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