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Easy Ryders

Huge congratulations to Paul McGinley and his European side for keeping the Ryder Cup on home ground.

Europe's five-point win completed their second hat trick in the last seven matches and when the Americans return here next time it will have been 25 years since they last won away.

I was particularly pleased, but not surprised that Lee Westwood repaid the captain's confidence in him by contributing two points to the cause - both coming in tandem with the eventual match decider Jamie Donaldson, who has become what we term in golf, a proper player.

It was a huge team effort and no little credit for that should go to Captain McGinley, whose attention to detail paid a massive dividend.

Paul has decided to step down after what has become an unwritten one-term appointment and now there will be plenty of debate about who should succeed him.

It will not be an easy job in America and I'd like to think that our own Darren Clarke will be in with a shout.

Darren wants to do it and there would be no better time or place for him than in America in 2016. He has a presence there, is well respected and if he does half as well as he did behind the Sky microphone at Gleneagles, then we can look forward to continued success.

The European Tour returns to its regular schedule this week in St.Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns although there is nothing quite like the Dunhill Links... or the refreshment afterwards at The Jigger.

I'll be making my annual return to competitive golf alongside the last player to win the Open at St.Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen. Wish us luck.

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