SWINDON'S David Howell and his fellow European Tour players have today named Paul McGinley as Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Broome Manor pro Howell was on a players' committee that voted in favour of appointing the Dubliner.

Colin Montgomerie was thought to be McGinley's strongest competition in the lead-up while Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Lawrie and Sandy Lyle were also considered.

The meeting took place at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where Howell is poised to begin competitive golf in 2013 on Thursday, in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.