McGinley finally has time to let win sink in

Paul McGinley admits the magnitude of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroics only sunk in as he watched the event back with his son this week.

McGinley finally has time to let win sink in

Europe captain McGinley was at home with his family when 14-year-old son, Killian, began calling his father to watch a 30-minute TV highlights package of the events a day prior.

There was no tears but just enormous pride in achieving what McGinley had first dreamed of seven years earlier, in leading the first of two triumphant Seve Trophy sides.

“I just didn’t have any time all week at Gleneagles to watch any highlights so it wasn’t until the girls had got home from school and were doing their own thing when Killian said, ‘Dad, the highlights are on TV and how the Ryder Cup was won. Come and watch with me,’” said McGinley.

“So I sat with him for half-an-hour and watching those highlights, and seeing myself in the middle of it all, and not being aware of the time that there’s people at home watching you, it was straight away I got that sense of bonding, looking at the TV pictures.

“I could see the players’ body language with each other and I could see the way they were hanging out and hugging each other, and I could see the way they were communicating. There was also the caddy involvement and the vice-captains being part of it, plus the crowd interaction.

“So all of the things I hadn’t seen during the week because I was stuck in management mode that half-an-hour of watching the highlights was incredible and probably the most emotional I had been all week.

“That to me was confirmation of so many things I wanted and summed up that half-an-hour of highlights sitting there with my son, Killian.

“We nailed it. We nailed it. We nailed it as a team, that sense of bonding that the players had for each other. I could see it. I didn’t shed any tears but it was probably the most emotional I had been all week.”

McGinley is back in Scotland this week, for this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, as he gets back to his regular job as a player.

Rory McIlroy will tee up this week also. The four-time Major winner got carried away in the team celebrations at the weekend and could not recall how he ended up topless and wearing just a crimson-coloured wig and a mini kilt.

“Honestly, honestly, I don’t remember as the timeline sort of gets a big fuzzy about midnight,” he said smiling broadly.

McIlroy was yesterday voted PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons.

“There are guys that you play with week-in and week-out, and the guys you are trying to beat, and if they appreciate what you’ve done over the year and see the hard work you’ve put in and the golf you’ve played and think that’s been the best of the season, that’s something that means a lot to me,” said McIlroy.

McIlroy is eager for victory at St Andrews this week for his father Gerry, his amateur partner. “I finished third in 2007 [enough to gain his European Tour card in his second event as a professional], second in 2009 and second again in 2011.

“I’ve been close so it would be nice to win, especially as it’s my dad’s 55th birthday on Sunday.”

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