McGinley right to break up Rory McIlroy pairing, says McDowell
Graeme McDowell believes European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley made the right call by not pairing him up with compatriot Rory McIlroy.
There was a lot of talk before the event that the two compatriots would not be paired up together for the first time in three Ryder Cups and in the end Paul McGinley decided that it would be better to break up the pairing.
And McDowell believes this was the right call as the two of them did not have a record that was overwhelmingly brilliant over the past two editions of the event and at best, the two of them could have played a couple of foursomes. He also hailed the decision making of McGinley throughout the event and considers the win for Team Europe as a testimony to his skills as a skipper.
There was a lot of talk prior to the event about how Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell would deal with being paired together considering the litigation that the world number one filed against the sports management company that the two of them had set up a few years back. And although both the players had openly said that they had patched their differences up, McGinley decided it was in the best interest of the team to not pair them up.
Rory McIlroy was paired thrice with Sergio Garcia and once with Ian Poulter and his record of 1-1-2 was quite impressive while G-Mac was teamed with Victor Dubuisson.
McDowell also mentioned that over the last four editons of the tournament, he has been quite lucky in terms of his partners, having had played Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and his compatriot McIlroy and he believes those are quite the partners in crime and he is lucky and proud to have been able to play with them.