McGinley: No vice-captaincy

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The Irishman led the European team to glory at Gleneagles in 2014 but will take no formal role in the 2016 trip to Hazeltine in Minnesota.

When asked if he was looking forward to watching from the sidelines or whether he would be working under new captain Clarke, the 48-year-old said: “I won’t be vice-captain, not for Darren or anybody.

“At this stage I don’t really have the personality like Sam Torrance or Jose-Maria Olazabal to come back as a vice- captain. I’m pretty sure I won’t be one at all but of course I’ll be supporting them.”

McGinley was part of the panel that chose Northern Ireland’s Clarke over the likes of Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and is confident the right man will lead Europe next year.

He told Sky Sports: “We spoke to the candidates about where we’re coming from and where we are going. It was quite extensive and it was a really good meeting.

“Winning is obviously the main thing. I spoke about the template. I learned a lot from being a vice-captain and Darren had the same experience having been a vice-captain twice before.

“He’s aware of the template. The atmosphere, the attitude we bring to the Ryder Cup. He’s very familiar with that template and he’s very experienced.

“Passion is important. Going back to the days of Seve that’s pretty much all it was about. Nowadays we’ve got four of the best six players in the world and our players are high up there. We’ve got the best player in the world in Rory McIlroy.

“We were favourites going in last time and we could be favourites going in to Hazeltine. It’s about attitude and passion.

“The players’ view is very important. I spoke to lots of them and it really crystallized my view. Darren had a lot of support.

“If Davis Love III is going to be American captain, he’ll be a formidable opponent. Going away from home it’ll obviously be a lot more difficult too but Darren is very experienced. I think he’ll have the support of the players. It’s a good challenge.

“I played three Ryder Cups and to be honest the one I really enjoyed was the one away from home. There’s something special about going away when the crowd is 90% against you. It’s a challenge in its own right.

“As much as I’m a great fan of (former US skipper) Tom Watson, I didn’t become obsessed about what he was doing. I saw my opponent as the golf course. Whatever the American team, I was much more concerned with us.

“It’s going to be hard to know what Darren is going to be like. It’s going to be a big learning curve for him. He’ll enjoy every moment of the next two years like I enjoyed the last two. I think he’ll represent us well.

“The best advice I can give is to be yourself and do what you believe to be right.”