[June 18, 2014](Reuters) - Ireland's first Ryder
Cup captain Paul McGinley returns to action on home soil this week fired
up by German Martin Kaymer's emphatic US Open triumph last Sunday.
A satisfied observer of Kaymer's eight-shot win at Pinehurst,
North Carolina, McGinley was 'buzzing' on Tuesday ahead of playing
in the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort, where he won the first of
his four Irish PGA Championships in 1997.
"On the back of Martin's win, it creates a buzz for everybody at
this tournament, everybody in the European Tour in the background
and obviously me (as) Ryder Cup captain," said McGinley.
"It is exciting. There are a lot of exciting players in the field.
Obviously Rory McIlroy is going to get a lot of attention and Graeme
McDowell, too. It's all good and there is a good buzz around the
With all four Major champions from both sides of the Irish border in
the field - Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, McDowell and McIlroy
- McGinley is looking forward to big home crowds at the event, which
has returned to Cork for the first time in 12 years.
"I think some venues are blessed with good weather and Fota Island
seems to be blessed," added McGinley, who will lead the European
team against the United States at Gleneagles in Scotland in
"The last time we were here the weather was sensational, as well,
and looks like we are going to have a tremendous week too, the way
the forecast is."