There is nothing not to like about McGinley. He is the man for the commons. He embodies the workmanlike European mentality which has become part of the formula on how to beat the Americans. This week he turned down the opportunity to write a book on his experiences as Ryder Cup Captain.
“I want the players to know that what happens behind the scenes next year stays there and they can be free and open. I won’t write a book,” said McGinley. “We had a team meeting on Saturday night [at Medinah in 2012] which lasted for about 20 minutes and if you had sat and observed a team that was four points behind you would have come out and called your bookie to find out what their odds were. It was not a case of ‘Braveheart’ standing on chairs but there was a feeling in the room that this was achievable.”
That is classic McGinley. Beware Tom Watson.
The Rest of The Most Impressive People of 2013
Billy Payne: Chairman Augusta National GC — “A futuristic change agent.”
Peter Dawson: Royal and Ancient — “A decent man who is in a tough position.”
Donald Trump: Golf Course Owner — “Dynamic, taller than you think and a pleasant surprise.”
Jack Nicklaus: Legend — “His legacy grows. Bigger holes and shorter rounds. Jack gets it.”
Steve Stricker: PGA Tour player — “He is proving that less can be more. Nicest guy in golf.”
Jason Dufner: PGA Champion — “What you see is what you get. A total chill out!”
Adam Scott: Masters Champion — “Classy. Understands the business of golf. Totally impressive.”
Pete Bevacqua: CEO PGA of America — “Brilliant. Bethpage, International PGA and NBC. All him.”
Arnold Palmer: Legend — “Still the King even though he went from bifurcator to conformist.”
Mark Steinberg: Agent — “Best stable in golf — Woods, Rose and Kuchar. Who’s next?”
Lee Trevino: PGA Distinguished Service Award Winner — “A true classic. THE rags to riches story.”
Ted Bishop is the President of the PGA of America. He is a Logansport native and the Director of Golf and General Manager at the Legends of Indiana G.C. in Franklin. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.