McGinley overwhelmed by support
Last updated: 18th January 2013
Paul McGinley says he has been blown away by the reaction to his appointment as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014.
While McGinley will almost certainly miss the halfway cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week, he took great comfort from the hordes of well-wishers congratulating him as he made his way to the clubhouse.
"It's been a whirlwind for the last 48 hours," the Dubliner told Reuters.
"It's all sunk in now. You can't help but think about the Ryder Cup because everyone's coming up to you wherever you turn - tour staff, fans, players, officials, caddies.
"It's all been completely overwhelming. I had no idea the reception would be so genuinely enthused for me and it's a really nice feeling to know your peers are so happy for you to have success."
McGinley also said he was struggling to keep up with the hundreds of congratulatory text messages he'd received since his appointment on Tuesday.
"I've had nearly 500 texts and I haven't yet managed to sift my way through them all," he added. "I've had so many things to do so I don't know who most of them are from."
A look at some of the impressive golf courses on offer in the south of Wales. Go to Gallery
Ian Botham, Allan Lamb, Mark Boucher and company in action at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Go to Gallery
- McIlroy: It's a frustrating course
- Woods still battling back problems
- Wire-to-wire win for Reed
- Hadley claims maiden PGA Tour win
- Matsuyama apologises to Poulter
- Park takes Mission Hills honours
- Reed leads as Tiger makes his move
- Woods finally tames Blue Monster
- Hadley holds narrow lead
- Poulter slams Matsuyama
Neville Leck Blog
"The embrace a gleeful Sergio Garcia gave his German caddy after his first victory in 2013 at the Thailand Open on S..."
The famous Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, Miami, has undergone a significant transformation, courtesy of famed course architect Gil Hanse.
Next week's European Tour stop, Golf du Palais Royal, lies within the well-guarded walls of Morocco's Royal Palace.
Looking For The Perfect Pitch? Visit The Swing Doctor!