Bookies running scared on McGinley captaincy

This morning’s betting on the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincyBetting on who will get the 2014 European Ryder Cup captaincy has not yet been suspended despite Rory McIlroy’s call for Paul McGinley and his thumbs down to Colin Montgomerie.

However, William Hill has shut down the market with McGinley rated the red-hot favourite to get the nod while Paddy Power is offering the Dubliner at 1/4 to Montgomerie’s 5/2.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Darren Clarke was the red hot favourite but it seems that he wants to concentrate on playing and the door has opened for Paul McGinley.”

At the close, William Hill had McGinley at 2/7 with Colin Montgomerie 5/2 and Clarke a 16/1 outsider.

Betfair prices were also unvailable following McIlroy’s tweet calling for the Tournament Players Committee to resist the temptation to offer any former captains a second tenure in charge and his desire to play under McGinley in Scotland.

Bookmakers got burnt in 2009 when news of Montgomerie’s surprise appointment was leaked and his odds tumbled from 50-1 to 1-50.

The European Tour does not want a repeat and if a decision is reached at tomorrow’s meeting in Abu Dhabi, the 2014 skipper will be announced immediately afterwards.