Paul McGinley


Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley ( _ga. Pól Mac Fhionnghaile) (born December 16, 1966) is an Irish golfer who plays on the European Tour. He is most famous for holing the winning putt for the European team in the 2002 Ryder Cup. He currently resides in Sunningdale, England.

McGinley was born in Dublin. He turned professional in 1991. He has won four events on the European Tour and won the World Cup of Golf for Ireland with Pádraig Harrington (who attended the same secondary school, Coláiste Éanna, as McGinley) in 1997. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit is third in 2005 and he has featured in the top twenty of the Official World Golf Rankings.

McGinley famously offered a handshake to J. J. Henry as Henry lined up a long putt to half their 2006 Ryder Cup match at the K Club, an action prompted by the untimely incursion of a streaker on the final green.

Paul is also an avid fan of West Ham United and Celtic Football Club, as well as supporting the Dublin Gaelic and Hurling teams.

Amateur wins (4)

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

Professional wins (9)

European Tour wins (4)

*1996 Hohe Brücke Open
*1997 Oki Pro-Am
*2001 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open
*2005 Volvo Masters

Other wins (5)

*1997 Irish PGA Championship, World Cup of Golf (with Pádraig Harrington)
*2000 Irish PGA Championship
*2002 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship
*2003 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship

Results in major championships

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

Team appearances

Amateur

*Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1991

Professional

*Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
**Record 9 matches, 4.5 points (50% Point Percentage):
**All Formats (W-L-H): 2-2-5 = 4.5pts
***Singles: 1-0-2 = 2pts
***Foursomes: 1-2-1 = 1.5pts
***Fourballs: 0-0-2 = 1pt
*Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Ireland): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
*World Cup (representing Ireland): 1993, 1994, 1997 (winners), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
*Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2002 (winners), 2005 (winners)
*Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners)

Equipment

*Driver: TaylorMade Burner 8.5 degree loft
*Irons: TaylorMade LT 5 Series #2-PW
*Wedges: TaylorMade wedges (SW 54° and LW 60°)
*Putter: TaylorMade Indy Rossa

See also

*List of people on stamps of Ireland

External links

* [http://www.paulmcginley.net/ism/sites/mcginley/ Official site]
* [http://www.europeantour.com/publish.sps?pageid=127&pagegid=%7B20E6AA6B%2D0225%2D4C71%2DBD89%2D2ACBEE615D69%7D&playerId=5516 Profile on European Tour's official site]
* [http://www.pgatour.com/players/01/24/61 Profile on PGA Tour's official site]
* [http://www.sportism.net/ism/sites/sportism/mcginley.shtml Sportism biography]


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