Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup
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Paul has always been passionate about playing as a part of a team. On his team’s victory over the USA in 2014, he commented, ‘I’m very proud of every one of those players. I couldn’t have asked for an ounce more from them.’ Elmes, John (14 April 2016). "Interview with Paul McGinley". Times Higher Education . Retrieved 30 April 2017.
From before he was appointed, McGinley's every thought and move was designed to create such a platform for his European team. His thorough, intelligent and measured approach was the difference between his team and the fractured American setup led by Tom Watson. "Don't go overboard" were the words of advice from the European captain to his team after their winSpiers, Graham (26 September 2014). "Who will be captain marvel when two tribes go to war?". The Times . Retrieved 15 April 2023. Diversity in teams results in more information at the team's disposal, but also lower group cohesion. The best and worst groups are diverse - how one manages the resulting conflict is key to getting the benefits of diversity without the costs.
Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners), 2014 (non-playing captain, winners) Remember, rewind six years and he was a player himself: when he captained the European Team, he led players who were once his peers.McGinley led a team of 12 European players against the American team, captained by Tom Watson, to success in 2014. The world-respected professional golfer famously sank the winning putt on his first Ryder Cup appearance in 2002, and, after his 2004 and 2006 successes, became the first European golfer to win the tournament in each of his three appearances. He has always felt ardently about the team format, a point that was recognised by Colin Montgomerie who named him as one of his Vice Captains for The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort. Paul has been on the winning team for The Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy, World Cup and Royal Trophy, a true golfing champion. Paul’s best year came in 2005, during which he finished runner-up three times before concluding a wonderful year with a victory in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama. Why would the players need me to validate their playing? They had 60,000 cheering fans for that,” he says.