702's John Robbie got the ultimate golfer's treat on Tuesday - meeting Ryder Cup Hero, Paul McGinley, who led the European team to victory:
It's a huge role now - a two-year role - and the new captain will be put in place, probably in the next four or five weeks. I can't tell you who it will be yet because I'm part of the decision-making process. I wasn't asked, but I've stepped back, there's no way I wanna do it again, because there's a lot of good people waiting behind, hoping to be Captain. It's a great privilege because you're voted in by your peers to head up the European team. I've had a great time, with six Ryder Cups and they've all gone the right way
McGinley weighs in on the decision to leave out former World No. 1, English golfer Luke Donald, out of the European team for Ryder 2014:
That was really tough, but you know what, it's the same in business and the same in anything. Personal relations end with business decisions that you have to make. I had three picks and Luke (Donald) was one of the guys who just missed out. I had a great relationship with him personally, he's a guy who's played well in the past in Ryder Cups with a great record, a former World No. 1, but I just didn't feel his form was good enough at the time that I was making the picks. I went with Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, who were all showing that little bit more for me.
The close relationship between John Robbie and his technical producer Darius Mothibe (pictured above, meeting McGinley) is quite comparable to the importance of the golfer-caddy relationship, as McGinley attests:
Caddy's are hugely important in professional golf and they're becoming even more important and the relationship between a player and a caddy is even closer than what it was maybe five or ten years ago. We have a number of South African caddies who come up and caddy for European tours and they're great guys, great fun and they've all had a great deal of success. You can really get to the player through the caddy and any time I would try to get information through to a player, I would first bounce it off a caddy and get feedback over how this would work.
What's next on the cards for McGinley, now that the Ryder tournament is over?:
I'm 48 years of age, I'm in the twilight of my career, I'm still exempt in the European tour. If I still have a desire in my heart in three years' time, I may play a seniors tour. I don't want to say yet. I'm still competitive on the tour, I still come down to South Africa and I love to play all over the world. I have a degree in International Business, I studied at university for five years in San Diego and we had a lot of South Africans at the university.
Listen to the full conversation below: