Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley
Personal information
Full name Paul Noel McGinley
Born (1966-12-16) 16 December 1966
Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Nationality  Ireland
Residence Sunningdale, England
College Dublin Institute of Technology
Turned professional 1991
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T18: 2002
U.S. Open T42: 2005
The Open Championship T14: 1996
PGA Championship T6: 2004

Paul Noel McGinley (born 16 December 1966) is an Irish professional golfer who has won four events on the European Tour. At the 2002 Ryder Cup, he famously holed a ten-foot putt on the 18th hole in his match against Jim Furyk at The Belfry which won the Ryder Cup for Europe.[1] He was the winning captain of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup (and the first Irishman to captain Europe's Ryder Cup side).[2]

Early years

McGinley was raised in Rathfarnham and was educated at St Mary's BNS and Coláiste Éanna. His father Mick, who is from Dunfanaghy, played Gaelic football for Donegal, while his mother Julia comes from Rathmullan.[3] McGinley himself was born in Dublin and studied at Dublin Institute of Technology. He played Gaelic football for Naomh Mícheál,[3] until he broke his kneecap at the age of 18. After his knee injury McGinley turned his full attention to golf.[4] McGinley later said that when he played golf as part of a team it helped to raise his game to another level. He credited his experience of Gaelic football for his passion for team sports and suggested it played a part in why he was appointed European captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.[5]

McGinley won the 1989 Irish Amateur Championship and the 1991 South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch Golf Club. He was selected for the 1991 Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team at Portmarnock Golf Club, just north of Dublin, where a strong American team that included Phil Mickelson beat Britain & Ireland 14–10.[6]

Professional career

McGinley turned professional in late 1991 and joined the European Tour in 1992, aged 25. In 1993, he lost a playoff to Costantino Rocca in the French Open.[7] In 1994, McGinley lost a playoff to José María Olazábal in the Open Mediterrania.[8]

McGinley eventually won his first title on the European Tour at the 1996 Hohe Brücke Open (formerly known as the Austrian Open). In 1997 he won the World Cup of Golf for Ireland with Pádraig Harrington (who attended the same secondary school, Coláiste Éanna, as McGinley).

At the 2001 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open, McGinley won the tournament on the fifth extra hole of a playoff in an event that was so badly disrupted by torrential rain that it was reduced to just 36 holes. After his victory, McGinley quipped: "Goran Ivanišević said God sent the rain for him at Wimbledon and maybe he sent it for me too!"[9]

McGinley's best finish in one of the four major championships is a tie for 6th place in the 2004 PGA Championship. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking. His best season on the European Tour was in 2005, when he finished third on the Order of Merit. He made the cut in 21 out of 23 events that year and gained his fourth and, to date, last European Tour victory in the season-ending Volvo Masters at the Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. McGinley started his final round four shots off the lead. He shot a final round of 67 for the biggest individual tournament win of his career, finishing two strokes ahead of Spain's Sergio García.[10]

Before his victory in the 2005 Volvo Masters, McGinley had three runner-up finishes in tournaments that year, finishing second to Ángel Cabrera in the BMW Championship at Wentworth and losing in the final of the HSBC World Match Play Championship at the same venue to New Zealander Michael Campbell (2 & 1). In an absorbing contest, Campbell clinched the title with a half on the penultimate hole after McGinley had driven wildly into the trees on the previous two holes. McGinley later said he was "hurt like you can't imagine" after losing in the final. He said: "I fought as hard as I could and I'm bitterly disappointed."[11]

At the 2005 TCL Classic, McGinley shot a final round of 63 to force a sudden-death playoff with Paul Casey. However, on the second extra hole Casey holed a 25-foot birdie putt from the back of the green to win the title.[12]

At the 2008 KLM Open played in the Netherlands, McGinley shot a final round of 64 to finish runner-up in the tournament, behind Darren Clarke.[13]

Ryder Cup

McGinley made three consecutive, and victorious, Ryder Cup appearances in 2002, 2004 and 2006. His ten-foot putt on the 18th hole in his match against Jim Furyk won the 2002 Ryder Cup for Europe. In the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland, McGinley famously offered a handshake and conceded a 20-foot putt for a half to J. J. Henry on the 18th green of his last day singles match because he feared his opponent might have been put off when a streaker ran across the green.[14]

In the 2012 Ryder Cup, McGinley served as one of the vice-captains to European Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal. McGinley previously acted in this capacity for Colin Montgomerie at the 2010 Ryder Cup.

On 15 January 2013, he was named the Europe team captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.[15][16][17] – the first Irishman in that role. His team went on to beat the USA.

In May 2013, McGinley gave European player Sergio García his backing following a public feud that the Spaniard had with Tiger Woods and a controversial "fried chicken" remark that García made about Woods. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, McGinley said: "I think there's a personality clash and they don't particularly like each other's company. For me, it's no big deal. He apologised for it and, as far as I'm concerned, we move on. People make mistakes and say things all the time that they regret and didn't mean."[18]

In September, Europe went on to win the 2014 Ryder Cup by five points.[19]

Personal life

McGinley is married to wife Alison. She formerly played golf for England and on the Ladies European Tour.[20] They have three children and currently reside in Sunningdale, England.

McGinley enjoys association football and is a fan of Celtic[21] and West Ham United.[22]

Amateur wins (4)

Professional wins (9)

European Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 Aug 1996 Hohe Brücke Open –19 (73-66-68-62=269) 1 stroke England David Lynn, Spain Juan Carlos Piñero
2 26 Oct 1997 Oki Pro-Am –22 (66-67-64-69=266) 4 strokes England Iain Pyman
3 12 Aug 2001 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open –6 (67-71=138) Playoff Scotland Paul Lawrie, England Daren Lee
4 30 Oct 2005 Volvo Masters –10 (74-68-65-67=274) 2 strokes Spain Sergio García

Other wins (5)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT DNP T14 T65 CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Open Championship T20 T54 CUT T28 T57 T41 CUT 19 DNP T43
PGA Championship CUT T22 CUT CUT T6 T23 DNP T60 DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 16 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 7 29 15

Team appearances




See also


  1. "McGinley thrilled with captaincy appointment". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. "Ryder Cup: Paul McGinley handed Europe captaincy". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. 1 2 Foley, Alan (23 January 2013). "McGuiness (sic) only too willing to help out McGinley". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  4. "Colin Jackson's Raise Your Game – Paul McGinley". BBC. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  5. "Ryder Cup Captain announcement transcript". PGA European Tour. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  6. "U.S. Beats Britain-Ireland, Regains Walker Cup". Los Angeles Times. 7 September 1991. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  7. "1993 Peugeot Open de France". PGA European Tour.
  8. "1994 Turespana Open Mediterrania". PGA European Tour.
  9. "McGinley swings to victory in Wales Open". The Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  10. "Monty lands eighth European crown". BBC. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  11. "Campbell takes Wentworth victory". BBC. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  12. "Casey claims China play-off win". BBC. 20 March 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  13. "Clarke surges to Holland victory". BBC Sport. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  14. Mulqueen, Charlie (21 April 2012). "McGinley born to lead". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  15. "Paul McGinley is captain that got the Ryder Cup cream". Irish Independent. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  16. Murray, Ewan (16 January 2012). "Paul McGinley thanks players after becoming Europe's Ryder Cup captain". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  17. Corrigan, James (16 January 2013). "The vote for Paul McGinley as Ryder Cup captain was not just one for Rory McIlroy and Co ... but one for sense". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  18. "Paul McGinley backs Sergio Garcia after 'fried chicken' remark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  19. Lawrenson, Derek (28 September 2014). "Europe wins the Ryder Cup after singles wins for Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and a shot of a lifetime by Jamie Donaldson to end American chances at Gleneagles". Daily Mail.
  20. "Eddie Jordan and Paul McGinley on standby for El Rompido". 18 May 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  21. "Celtic Celebrity Fans". Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  22. "European Tour profile". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 16 January 2013.

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