Paul McGinley has spoke of his pride after guiding Europe to a 16.5-11.5 victory over USA in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The win represented Europe's third successive Ryder Cup and their sixth win in the last seven. The victorious captain spoke of his pride and praised the whole team, from the players to the backroom staff.
"Proud is the first word," McGinley said.
"I want to say it's been a real honour to get these 12 players, they have all been a colossus, all of them, the caddies, the backroom team, five vice-captains, it's been a huge team effort."
Welshman Jamie Donaldson was appearing in his first Ryder Cup and sealed the winning point after a superb iron shot on the 15th. It sparked wild celebrations at the Gleneagles course and McGinley was glad to see that his hard work as captain had made the European players and fans happy.
"This ugly face," McGinley said of Donaldson. "To see how happy it is, and the pride that we give to everybody and the happiness of the people in the stands...I'm giving it for everybody else, it's not for me."
McGinley also called for his players to savour the moment of playing and winning in a special event like the Ryder Cup.
"Playing is something very, very special and I said to the guys last night, as much as I've enjoyed captain, it's different than playing. Enjoy it, be out there and enjoy it, because the days happen so quick and they go. It's been a real great honour."
The European captain also took time to applaud opposite number Tom Watson. The American captain may receive criticism in the coming days for a few of his selections but McGinley believes Watson is an icon of the sport.
“For me personally, as European captain, I will now be forever linked in the game's history books to my golfing hero Tom Watson."
McGinley also had time to look forward to defending the trophy in two years time on American Soil as they look to win their fourth successive Ryder Cup.
"We, the European team, now look forward to the next edition of the Ryder Cup in two years' time at Hazeltine National, Minnesota, we look forward to the challenge of defending the trophy on American soil."
The sell-out crowd at Gleneagles was on top form all week creating a brilliant atmosphere for all the players. Europe's captain acknowledged their role they played in winning the trophy and thanked them for their support.
"To the magnificent fans, thank you very much for your unbelievable, noisy, support this week.”
McGinley along with the two previous captains, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, will now decide who should lead the team in Minnesota in two years time.
"I've got a role now in deciding who the next captain will be and we'll see where that goes in the next few months on behalf of the European Tour."
Lend a hand
When asked if he would consider becoming a vice-captain for the European team again, McGinley suggested he wouldn't but would be willing to help any future captain.
He added: "No, I've done my piece and I'm happy to have the honour and happy to help in any way going forward.
"I don't think it would be right for me to go into the vice captaincy role. I don't know if I'd quite enjoy that, having done it, and then stepped up to captaincy.
"But I'm very happy to help the captain in any way. On the European side, obviously!"
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