McGinley named Seve captain

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Updated: August 22, 2011

Paul McGinley has been named as the captain of the Great Britain and Irish team for the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris on the 15th-18th September.

The 44 year old will hope to make a strong case for the Ryder cup captaincy in 2014 when his side takes on a Continental Europe team captained by Jean Van de Velde.

Darren Clarke had been a contender for the job ahead of McGinley but his win at the Open in Sandwich saw Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal plump for the popular Dubliner.

The trophy was added to the European schedule in 2000 in honour of Seve Ballesteros and following his death this year’s tournament has taken on extra meaning. However the participation of a number of big names is in doubt as the tournament is in direct completion with the FedEx Cup play-offs in America and it remains to be seen which stars will take part.

Speaking at his appointment, McGinley said “It’s a great honour to be invited back as captain. I enjoyed it enormously last time. I’m looking forward to going up against Jean and it’s good to have a Frenchman involved on French soil because that’s important for the future of the tournament”

“With the excitement of France being awarded the Ryder Cup (in 2018), I’m sure the event will be well supported.

“Obviously with Seve’s sad passing earlier this year, there will be added poignancy, particularly with Jose Maria being involved.

“Two years ago Seve was in our thoughts, both in the team room and outside. I’m sure he’ll be looking down on us and hopefully we can put on an event worthy of him.”

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