Paul McGinley has been chosen to lead Europe in their defence of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland next year.
The 46-year-old Dubliner, who becomes Ireland’s first captain in the event, takes over from Jose Maria Olazabal against an American side that will have golfing great Tom Watson back in charge at the age of 65.
McGinley holed the 10-foot winning putt on his debut at The Belfry in 2002 and was also part of the victorious sides in 2004 and 2006 before becoming an assistant to Colin Montgomerie three years ago and then Olazabal at Medinah - both wins as well, of course.
McGinley said: “It’s a week that I’m really looking forward to.”
McGinley added: “I’m obviously very pleased to be in this situation. This is a position that I’m really thrilled to be in, and it’s also a very humbling experience. I can’t wait to get into the role of being the captain.
“I’m relishing the thought of taking on one of my great heroes, Tom Watson.
“He’s not only a wonderful person abut a great ambassador for the game of golf.
“I’ve never had an opportunity to go up against him in a playing sense.
“To go up against him in a captaincy sense will be a real thrill for me.