"A lot of water to go under the bridge"- McGinley calms Luke Donald captaincy calls

by Ronan MacNamara  

Paul McGinley by Golffile

Paul McGinley says there is a long way to go before Europe name their captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome.

Pádraig Harrington backed Luke Donald to take up the role after he emerged as the favourite to succeed the Dubliner in the biennial contest next year.

However, 2014 winning captain McGinley feels that there is still plenty to be decided before Harrington’s successor is named and says more candidates will be mooted over the coming months.

“I think Luke is well experienced he has been vice-captain a number of times now. He’s got some great winning experience in the Ryder Cup,” McGinley told Sky Sports News.

“He’s certainly well capable of doing the job.

“There’s other people there as well. Henrik Stenson has been talked about, Lee [Westwood] has decided he doesn’t want to do it and understandably so when he’s playing so well at this moment in time.

“I think there’s still a lot of water to go under the bridge before the European Tour get to a decision on the captaincy.

“Certainly Henrik and Luke are the two names being mentioned most at the moment but I wouldn’t say they are the only two. The European Tour are doing some extensive work behind the scenes. A lot of discussions with players and ex-captains so they will be the ones making the decisions.

“I think it will be a little bit of time yet before a decision is reached,” he added.

Europe fell to a record-breaking 19-9 defeat to Steve Stricker’s USA side last September leading to widespread criticism of the European Ryder Cup qualifying process and concerns over the depth of talent coming through after an ageing visiting side teed it up at Whistling Straits.

A decision on the long-awaited successor to Harrington is expected to be announced early this year.

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