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McIlroy hopes McGinley gets Ryder job

Rory McIlroy wants Colin Montgomerie to leave the way clear for Paul McGinley to become Europe's new Ryder Cup captain.

The world number one, who returns to action in Abu Dhabi this week and is expected to announce a 10-year deal with Nike worth well over £100million on Monday, made his thoughts known again 48 hours before Europe should name their man for Gleneagles next year.

"Ryder Cup captaincy should be a 1-time thing," Northern Irishman McIlroy said on Twitter. "Everybody deserving gets their chance and moves on. Would love to play under Paul McGinley in '14."

With Darren Clarke expected to confirm to the European Tour's tournament committee that he does not think the time is right for him, it appears to come down to McGinley or Montgomerie for next year's match at Gleneagles.

Last September's captain Jose Maria Olazabal also thinks there are enough good candidates not to have to recall his predecessor Montgomerie.

Olazabal, 46, still insists he will never take the job on again - not even in his home country of Spain one day.

He, of course, led Europe to a thrilling comeback victory in Chicago after they had trailed 10-4.

"I would never do it again," Olazabal told Press Association Sport in Durban, where he was competing in the Volvo Golf Champions event. "First of all it's a lot of energy and time, a huge demand and the pressure is quite big. It's a different pressure, not one we are used to out there playing on the course. The media scrutinise everything you say and every possibility.

"On top of that, I've done it and it couldn't have been any better.

"Even if it was held in Spain again somewhere down the line I wouldn't do it."


From Belfast Telegraph