Paul McGinley

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Paul McGinley
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Personal information
Full namePaul Noel McGinley
Born (1966-12-16) 16 December 1966 (age 55)
Dublin, County Dublin,
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Sporting nationality Ireland
ResidenceSunningdale, England
CollegeDublin Institute of Technology
Turned professional1991
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking18 (30 October 2005)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT18: 2002
PGA ChampionshipT6: 2004
U.S. OpenT42: 2005
The Open ChampionshipT14: 1996

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.[2] He was the winning captain of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup and the first Irishman to captain Europe's Ryder Cup side.[3]

Early years[edit]

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.[4] McGinley himself was born in Dublin and studied at Dublin Institute of Technology. After his knee injury McGinley turned his full attention to golf.[5] 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.[6]

McGinley won the 1989 Irish Amateur Close 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.[7]

Professional career[edit]

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.[8] In 1994, McGinley lost a playoff to José María Olazábal in the Open Mediterrania.[9]

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!"[10]

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.[11]

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."[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

Ryder Cup[edit]

McGinley made three consecutive Ryder Cup appearances in 2002, 2004 and 2006, with Europe being victorious each time. In the 2002 Ryder Cup, his ten-foot putt on the 18th hole in his match against Jim Furyk secured the ½ point Europe needed for victory; the team eventually won 15½ to 12½. In the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland, McGinley 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.[15]

In the 2010 and 2012 matches, McGinley served as one of the European vice-captains to Colin Montgomerie and José María Olazábal respectively. On 15 January 2013, he was named the Europe team captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.[16][17][18] 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."[19] In September, Europe went on to win the 2014 Ryder Cup by five points.[20]

Personal life[edit]

McGinley is married to wife Alison. She formerly played golf for England and on the Ladies European Tour.[21] They have three children and currently reside in Sunningdale, England. McGinley is an executive fellow of the Leadership Institute at the London Business School.[22]

In 2008, McGinley spoke of his relief after his daughter Maia survived a 20–foot fall down a manhole. She was six years old at the time when she slipped on a dislodged manhole cover and plunged down the drain. She was taken to hospital but remarkably had no serious injuries. McGinley said: "We are just so lucky and so grateful she is fine."[23]

McGinley enjoys association football and is a fan of Celtic[24] and West Ham United.[25]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1988 Irish Youths Championship, Scottish Youths Championship
  • 1989 Irish Amateur Close Championship
  • 1991 South of Ireland Championship

Professional wins (10)[edit]

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

Tour Championships (1)
Other European Tour (3)
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 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

*Note: The 2001 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

European Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1993 Peugeot Open de France Italy Costantino Rocca Lost to bogey on first extra hole
2 1994 Turespaña Open Mediterrania Spain José María Olazábal Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2001 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Scotland Paul Lawrie, England Daren Lee Won with par on fifth extra hole
Lawrie eliminated by par on second hole
4 2005 TCL Classic England Paul Casey Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 13 Oct 1991 UAP European Under-25 Championship −5 (70-69-74-70=283) 1 stroke Wales Paul Affleck, Denmark René Michelsen
2 13 Oct 1997 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship −3 (70-66-75-74=285) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Stephen Hamill, Republic of Ireland David Higgins,
Republic of Ireland John McHenry
3 23 Nov 1997 World Cup of Golf
(with Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington)
−31 (137-137-136-135=545) 5 strokes  ScotlandColin Montgomerie and Raymond Russell
4 8 Oct 2000 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship (2) −18 (67-67-67-69=270) 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
5 27 Apr 2002 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship (3) −6 (76-72-65=213) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland John Dwyer
6 7 Sep 2003 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship (4) −8 (71-68-69-72=280) 5 strokes Republic of Ireland Gary Murphy

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T14 T66 CUT CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T18 CUT
U.S. Open CUT T42 CUT
The Open Championship T20 T54 CUT T28 T57 T41 CUT 19 T43
PGA Championship CUT T22 CUT CUT T6 T23 T60
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


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 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 16 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 7 30 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2004 Open Championship – 2005 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
The Players Championship CUT CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Match Play R64 R32 R64
Championship T35 NT1 T28 T35
Invitational 23 26 67 T58 T46 T3 T66 T39 T27

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

Team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "McGinley thrilled with captaincy appointment". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Ryder Cup: Paul McGinley handed Europe captaincy". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ Foley, Alan (23 January 2013). "McGuiness (sic) only too willing to help out McGinley". Donegal Democrat. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Colin Jackson's Raise Your Game – Paul McGinley". BBC. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Ryder Cup Captain announcement transcript". PGA European Tour. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ "U.S. Beats Britain-Ireland, Regains Walker Cup". Los Angeles Times. 7 September 1991. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "1993 Peugeot Open de France". PGA European Tour.
  9. ^ "1994 Turespana Open Mediterrania". PGA European Tour.
  10. ^ "McGinley on verge of Ryder Cup team". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Monty lands eighth European crown". BBC. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Campbell takes Wentworth victory". BBC. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Casey claims China play-off win". BBC. 20 March 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Clarke surges to Holland victory". BBC Sport. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  15. ^ Mulqueen, Charlie (21 April 2012). "McGinley born to lead". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Paul McGinley is captain that got the Ryder Cup cream". Irish Independent. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  17. ^ Murray, Ewan (16 January 2012). "Paul McGinley thanks players after becoming Europe's Ryder Cup captain". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Paul McGinley backs Sergio Garcia after 'fried chicken' remark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  20. ^ "Europe win the 2014 Ryder Cup". BBC Sport. 28 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Eddie Jordan and Paul McGinley on standby for El Rompido". 18 May 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  22. ^ Elmes, John (14 April 2016). "Interview with Paul McGinley". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  23. ^ Clapson, Joe (18 October 2008). "Golfer McGinley tells of relief after daughter, 6, survives 20-foot plunge". Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Celtic Celebrity Fans". Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  25. ^ "European Tour profile". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 16 January 2013.

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