McGinley expects better prepared Europe in 2018


Europe will be better prepared to win the Ryder Cup in 2018, according to former victorious captain Paul McGinley.

A 17-11 loss at Hazeltine saw Europe condemned to Ryder Cup defeat for the first time since 2008, as concerns over a team featuring six rookies proved well-founded.

But McGinley, who led Europe to glory two years ago at Gleneagles, believes the loss will prove a valuable learning experience for the team and expects a response at Le Golf National in France in 2018.

"Don't underestimate the quality of player we have in Europe. We've got great quality in Europe," McGinley told Omnisport. 

"We've got a great winning template in Ryder Cups and probably a few Ryder Cup captains in the next few years who have been vice-captains in the past.

"And they'll have learnt a lot just like [USA captain] Davis [Love III] learnt from his previous captaincy and vice-captaincy. So, I think we're going to be strong in two years' time again, with a good captain in place, with a really strong and experienced team.

"We had six rookies this time, I think it would be a brave man to bet that at least three of those will make the team. They'll be in a better place to prepare.

"Obviously the likes of Henrik [Stenson], Rory [McIlory], Sergio [Garcia], and Justin [Rose] will be the backbone of the team.

"I'd be surprised if that wasn't also the case in four years' time. We'll be ready. It always hurts to lose the Ryder Cup. We'll re-energise and re-galvanise ourselves and maybe tweak a few things here and there, but we'll be ready."

Paul McGinley was speaking on behalf of Taylor Made. For more information on TaylorMade Golf, please visit