Crikey, you've even taking to copying and pasting from other threads now! I won't repeat all of what I've said in response to you (again) on the thread where the original appeared. So i'll give you a truncated version
The notion that you need to be an apex player to captain/ manage a team, has been proven time and time again across a whole range of sports not to be a pre-requisite for success. Indeed, it tends to be the apex players who struggle most when they're asked to bring teams together.
I think your explanation that he was a journeyman player at best is of course correct, and he's no where remotely close to Watson's standard, but there is a weakness in your argument here. Neither of them are being asked to play! I think it's quite possible you can therefore turn this round in terms of their suitability for the tasks they're being asked to perform. McGinlay has been vice captain to both Colin Montgomerie in 2010, and Jose Maria Olazabal in 2012. That means he has first hand experience of two quite dramatic wins. In 2009 and 2011 he's successfully captained GB & Ireland against Europe in the Seve trophy. That means his record as captain or vice captain in these types of formats is 4-0 which includes access and interaction with all of the players. Tom captained a team in 1993 at the Belfry and won, but this remains his only real exposure. I think you could easily argue that in terms of contemprary experience of team matchplay events, Paul McGinlay is better qualified than Tom Watson.
I think it's possibly worth remembering that the European captaincy is the culmination of about 5-6 working in and around the management core, it's not something that's given out as a 'career thankyou' anymore to a former stellar player. I think the last Captain to be thrown straight in was argubaly the most disasterous of the lot (Nick Faldo). Europe has recognised the need to develop the captaincy since.
I do remember one of the first things I ever read on this forum was an appraisal of why America keeps losing the Ryder Cup and it would have brough a reassuring smile to many European faces. The article missed a whole raft of important influences. If it is indeed typical of the orthodoxy of establishment thinking, then until America faces up to the role she plays herself in motivating Europe's players, they'll continue to score own goals
I also think its true that unfortunate things keep happening to dysfunctional teams (I'm thinking of some England cricket teams) and that these 'events' will expose the deficiencies in the captain under pressure even more as they try to parry them.
Actually there was an interesting comment attributed to the BBC's golf correspondent (Iain Carter) this morning on the subject of Tom's captaincy.
"The uncertainty over whether Woods would receive a wildcard was already starting to have a corrosive effect on the captain's authority".
Now you can snear if you want and say what does a journalist know etc? Well in truth golf and journalism co-exist in a bubble. Carter as the correspondent of an apex news and media organisation is going to have his sources in both teams. "Starting to have a corrosive effect" might be his own words, but he won't have picked them out the air. They'll be as a result of his own observations plus those of players and players associates whispering in his ear
It's been obvious to me (and believe me, I'm sad about it) that Tom is struggling, and has been for some time. For all that, I secretly hope that perhaps the US can win, but that's another story