Rory McIlroy still backing Paul McGinley over Colin Montgomerie for Ryder Cup capatin

Forget Monty, McGinley is the man! McIlroy still backing Irishman for Ryder Cup captain

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

08:35 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 15 January 2013

Rory McIlroy ramped up the
pressure on Europe’s Tournament Players’ Committee on Tuesday by
repeating his insistence that Paul McGinley had to be the next Ryder Cup
captain.

The 15-man committee meet on Tuesday
night to nominate the successor to Jose Maria Olazabal and speculation
has grown in recent days that Colin Montgomerie, the skipper at Celtic
Manor in 2010, might get the nod for a second term at Gleneagles next
year.

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‘I have a very strong opinion about
this and I’d be disappointed if it was Monty,’ said McIlroy.

‘I firmly
believe that captaincy should be a one-time thing. I first played under
Paul at the Seve Trophy in 2009 and he is the best captain I have played
under, and deserves his chance. His attention to detail his second to
none and he is also very inspirational.’

McIlroy believes that the voice of the players who worked their miracle at Medinah last year ought to be heard.

‘When you have myself, and Poults
(Ian Poulter), Luke (Donald) and several others all saying the same thing,
I’d like to think our opinion is valid,’ he said.

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