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Ryder heroes hail McGinley approach
29 Sep 2014 13:01
Lee Westwood urged future European Ryder Cup captains to take a leaf from Paul McGinley's book after the Dubliner led the home side to victory at Gleneagles.
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Inspired by the performances of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose, Europe survived an early scare in Sunday's singles to win by five points and record an eighth victory in the last 10 contests.
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And while that statistic prompted Phil Mickelson to call for a reversion to the successful approach of 2008 United States captain Paul Azinger - right in front of losing skipper Tom Watson - Westwood said Europe had no need to make any changes.
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"I think Paul got a great template and a model for captains going forward," said Westwood, who has played under nine different captains.
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"I think you could base your captaincy and your future captain around the way Paul did it this week."
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World number one McIlroy, who publicly lobbied for McGinley to be made captain in January 2013, added: "He has just been the most wonderful captain and I can't speak highly enough of him.
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"From the first day we got here, the speeches that he gave, the videos he showed us, the people that he got in to talk us, the imagery in the team room, it all tied in together; all part of the plan, all for the cause of trying to win this Ryder Cup.
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"He was meticulous in his planning. He left no stone unturned. I think I speak on behalf of all the 12 players and just say that he couldn't have done anything else. He was absolutely fantastic."
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