McGinley named Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain

Paul McGinley of Ireland reaches for the trophy after being named as team Captain for the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team following a meeting of the Tournament Committee of the European PGA Tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP)
Paul McGinley of Ireland reaches for the trophy after being named as team Captain for the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team following a meeting of the Tournament Committee of the European PGA Tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP)
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| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Paul McGinley is Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The Northern Irishman defeated Colin Montgomerie in a vote of the European PGA Tour's tournament committee Tuesday afternoon in Abu Dhabi.

McGinley received the backing of some of the continent's biggest names, including top-ranked Rory McIlroy and third-ranked Luke Donald.

Darren Clarke pulled out of the running for the position, preferring to concentrate on his own game. That left Montgomerie to provide a late challenge to McGinley.

Montgomerie was captain for the 2010 match against the United States at Celtic Manor, Wales.

Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland, after rallying past the U.S. in October at Medinah, near Chicago.

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