Sunday, January 13, 2013

Endorsements are the currency of politics, and Paul McGinley just landed a big one in his candidacy for the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincy.

McGinley and Darren Clarke were the favorites to become the European team captain until the PGA of America's surprise December announcement that Tom Watson would captain the U.S. side in Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014. That left some thinking that the Europeans would pick a higher-profile captain than either McGinley or Clarke. Last week, Clarke took his name out of consideration, saying he still wanted to focus on playing, and Colin Montgomerie, captain of the 2010 European team, said he'd be captain again if asked. With his tweet Sunday, McIlroy made his preference for McGinley clear.
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