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Profile: Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley
  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • Residence: Sunningdale, Berkshire
  • Birthdate: 16 Dec 1966
  • Age: 37
  • Turned Professional: 1995

Ryder Cup Record

2002
Played 3
Won 0
Lost 1
Halved 2

Career Victories

European Tour

3 - 1996 Hohe Brucke Open, 1997 Oki Pro-Am, 2001 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open

Other

5 - 1991 UAP Under-25s Championship, 1997 Irish PGA Championship, 2000 Irish PGA Championship, 2002 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship, 2003 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship

Player Notes

Irishman Paul McGinley will go down in the annals of Ryder Cup history as the man who brought Sam Ryder's golden chalice back to Europe at The De Vere Belfry in 2002.

His ten foot putt on the 18th green ensured a half in his last day singles match with Jim Furyk and sparked the joyous celebrations led by Captain Sam Torrance that went long into that memorable Sunday night.

During the previous two days, McGinley had undergone mixed fortunes before his moment of glory. He made his Ryder Cup debut in the Friday afternoon foursomes, partnering his fellow countryman Padraig Harrington to a three and two defeat at the hands of Stewart Cink and Furyk.

McGinley's battle with Furyk continued on the Saturday afternoon, when he and Darren Clarke secured a half with the 2003 US Open Champion and his playing partner Scott Hoch.

And so to the singles, where McGinley put his name in the history books in his momentous match with Furyk.

For McGinley, making the Ryder Cup Team for a second time represents a huge personal achievement. As the man himself said earlier in the 2004 season: "I think there is a big difference in the quality of player who has played one Ryder Cup and a player who has played at least two and that is one of my goals."

Now that McGinley has achieved that goal, he will head to Oakland Hills Country Club full of confidence, and hoping to get himself into the same position he was in two years ago at The De Vere Belfry.

Background

Will always be remembered as the man who holed the winning putt in The 34th Ryder Cup Matches at The De Vere Belfry. His ten footer on the 18th green secured a half with Jim Furyk and with it the famous trophy for Sam Torrance's Team. First sporting love as a child was Gaelic football, but concentrated on golf after suffering a broken left knee cap at the age of 19. Played in 1991 Walker Cup - helping Liam White beat Phil Mickelson and Bob May - then gained his card at first visit to Qualifying School that year. Won the World Cup for Ireland at Kiawah Island in November 1997 with Padraig Harrington. Built an extensive gymnasium in one of his garages and spent early part of 1999 getting fitter with the help of former European Tour Physio, Jonathan Shrewsbury. Was a model of consistency in 2000, finishing in the top ten on eight occasions. Captured his third European Tour title and first since 1997 by winning the rain-affected 2001 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open at the fifth hole of a sudden-death play-off after the tournament was reduced to 36 holes - a win which elevated him into The European Ryder Cup Team and paved the way for that dramatic moment on September 29, 2002. Linked up with coach Bob Torrance in 2002. Best finish in 2003 was his second place in the Trophée Lancôme in September.

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