McGinley Adds Paddy, Miggy, and Ollie
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/3/14
When Paul McGinley named his three wildcard selections and finalized his roster on Tuesday, we thought we knew all of the dramatis personæ for Team Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup. But now, McGinley has added a "triple threat" of star power... to his management team, that is.
On Wednesday, the captain of Team Europe named Pádraig Harrington, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, and José María Olazábal as assistant captains, joining Des Smyth and Sam Torrance in those roles. Smyth and Torrance were named assistant captains back in March, but of course their names don't have those fancy, special high-ASCII characters that Paddy, Miggy, and Ollie have in abundance.
We know what you're thinking: FIVE vice captains??!!
McGinley gave the standard, boilerplate, "we're delighted to have them" talk, and then elaborated on his move:
"I know it's been common in the past to have three or four vice captains, but I've gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the home team, in addition to how well I saw such a system working when we ended up having five vice captains under Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010.Needless to say, the European Tour has already made sure that McGinley has plenty of administrative, logistical, and team services assistants working behind the scenes. The presence of Paddy, Miggy, and Ollie could also help boost ticket sales — if the event is not already sold out. Of course, add to the mix all the caddies, agents, swing coaches, spouses and girlfriends, family and close friends, television techs and photographers, reporters, etc., and Gleneagles may not have room for any more people.
Allow us to express mild surprise that he didn't also retain the services of the ghost of Seve Ballesteros, 10,000 amateur golf marshals from Perth and Kinross, and the entire cast of Up With People.
Some imbecile might even worry that so many people will be at Gleneagles that Scotland might capsize.
And while we're at it, how many Ryder Cup assistant captains does it take to screw in a light bulb?
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The Europeans have a very solid team, and they're on their home turf. Sure, I can understand 5 assistant captains, to make sure that all is well for their guys.
I'd imagine the US players will have more on siteswing coaches, agents, positivity consultants than the Europeans.
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