Is McGinley a surprise? Maybe, in the aftermath of Team USA's selection of Tom Watson. But as we noted several months ago, McGinley was considered the betting favorite from among Europe's captain candidates.
He's not a big name, he's not a future Hall of Famer. But McGinley is a very highly respected individual in European golf circles, a behind-the-scenes force on the European Tour, and someone known for his passion for the Ryder Cup. McGinley is a 3-time Ryder Cup player with a career 2-2-5 record.
McGinley sank the winning putt at the 2002 Ryder Cup, and served as a vice-captain at both the 2010 and 2012 Cups. He captained Team Great Britain & Ireland at the 2009 and 2011 Seve Trophy competitions, his team beating Continental Europe both times.
From Northern Ireland, McGinley is the first Irishman to captain at the Ryder Cup.
Other candidates to lead Team Europe included Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke, but Clarke withdrew from consideration last week. (Clarke is considered a shoo-in to captain Team Europe in 2016.)
After the PGA of America made the surprise appointment of Watson as USA captain - one of the all-time greats in the game - some argued that Europe had to respond by choosing a captain also possessing gravitas. That led to a "draft Colin Montgomerie" movement, a movement Monty encouraged.
But in the end, when the European Tour's tournament committee met this week in Abu Dhabi, its members voted unanimously for McGinley over Monty.
The 2014 Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland, Sept. 26-28, 2014.
List of all Ryder Cup captains