Paul McGinley hoping to get nod as skipper for 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
Paul McGinley will find out tonight if his dream of becoming Ryder Cup captain for 2014 becomes a reality.
Last Updated: 15/01/13 6:42pm
The 46-year-old Dubliner is being backed by world number one Rory McIlroy and other prominent members of Europe's winning team at Medinah, where McGinley played a key role as vice-captain.
But although expected main rival Darren Clarke has now officially ruled himself out of the running, McGinley's hopes took a downward turn on Monday after sources close to 2010 winning captain Colin Montgomerie revealed that they were highly confident that the Scot would get a second turn at captaincy at Gleneagles next year.
The European Tour's tournament committee meets in Abu Dhabi tonight with a decision expected on who will be skipper announced later that evening.
As well as being a winning captain, Monty's credentials are that the event takes place only a few miles from the Scot's home and he also fits the bill for a big personality to oppose US skipper Tom Watson.
But McGinley's CV is impressive too. As a Seve Trophy captain or a Ryder Cup assistant or player, he's never once been on the losing side.
Discussing his vice-captaincy position under Jose Maria Olazabal last year, he was clear on his strength.
"Personally, I love the tactical side of it, the motivational side and the team element of it - and I love being in the team room. The team meetings always give me a great buzz as a player.
"I don't want to give too much away, but I do watch a lot of things you wouldn't even know about, including press conferences. I'm intrigued with it, I have to say. I'm intrigued with how Ryder Cups have been won and lost over the years.
"I've asked a lot of questions of a lot of people and got a lot of information, not just from our side. I've always enjoyed having a beer with the American players or captain afterwards. I've done that on a few occasions and asked them their strategy for the week and why did they make certain decisions."