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Paul Mcginley

  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • Residence: Sunningdale, England
  • Birthdate: December 16, 1966
  • Age: 40 Ht.:
  • Turned Pro: 1991
  • College: U.S. International University
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

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. However, he drew almost as much praise for the way he battled throughout the season to get into the 2004 Team, proving once again to be a valuable member as he won two and a half points out of three for Bernhard Langer?s side, including a final day singles victory over Stewart Cink. Posted eight Top-10 finishes in 2004 on his way to 22nd place on the Volvo Order of Merit, including two second places, firstly behind Mark O?Meara in the Dubai Desert Classic, and secondly behind David Lynn in The KLM Open. But perhaps his best performance of the year came in the final Ryder Cup counting event, the BMW International Open, where he finished in a tie for sixth place to guarantee his ticket to Detroit. 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. 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. Until 2006, no European golfer had savored the feeling of playing in three successive winning Ryder Cups. McGinley, who holed the winning putt in 2002, was able to do just that in his native Ireland by playing his part in Europe?s record-equaling 18.5 - 9.5 victory to maintain his 100% record in the event. Best campaign to date came in 2005, during which he finished runner-up three times before concluding a wonderful year with a victory in the Volvo Masters. His 2006 form was hampered by a knee injury which required surgery during the Nissan Irish Open. Ironically, it was also a knee problem ? a broken knee cap ? which ended his career in Gaelic football at the age of 19. *Member of the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cup team.

Career Victories

European Tour
4 - 1996 Hohe Brucke Open, 1997 Oki Pro-am, 2001 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open, 2005 Volvo Masters

Other
1988 Irish Youths Championship, Scottish Youths Championship, 1989 Irish Amateur Championship, 1991 UAP Under-25s Championship

Career Summary

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.46 (ranked T-92nd); money - GBP 46,268 (ranked 97th); best finish, T-6th, Monte Carlo Open.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 72.17 (ranked T-59th); money - GBP 199,780 (ranked 38th); best finish -T-2nd Open V33 du Grand Lyon and 2nd Peugeot open de France.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.99 (ranked 63rd); money - GBP 146,090 (ranked 46th); best finish -2nd, Turespana Open Mediterrania.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.92 (ranked 34th); money - 124,013 (ranked 52nd); best finish -T-3rd, Turespana Open Andalucia.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.26 (ranked 9th); money - GBP 295,664 (ranked 15th); winner, Hohe Brucke Open.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.88 (ranked 14th); money - GBP 201,970 (ranked 30th); best finish -T3rd, Turespana Masters.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.43 (ranked T35th); money - $295,126 or GBP 210,804 (ranked 37th); best finish -T2nd, Peugeot Open de Espana.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.97 (ranked 17th); money - $769,088 or GBP 457,396 (ranked 18th); best finish -T2nd, Dubai Desert Classic.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; rounds played - 14 ; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; best finish -T20th at the British Open.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 69.82 (ranked T5th); money - $1,464,434 or GBP 910,525 (ranked 8th); Winner, The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; rounds played - 12 ; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $133,078 (ranked 208-unofficial); best finish -T-22nd at the PGA Championship.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.76 (ranked 82nd); money - $401,598 or GBP 256,064 (ranked 58th); best finish, T5th, Dunhill Championship.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 26 ; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $203,573 (ranked 174th - unofficial); best finish -T-17 at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.02 (ranked 27th); money - $637,522 or GBP 444,486 (ranked 33rd); best finish, 2nd Trophee Lancome. Played in three PGA Tour events in 2003, T28th British Open, Cut at PGA Championship and T58th at NEC Invitational.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.97 (ranked 19th); money - $967,660 or GBP 669,161 (ranked 22nd); best finish, 2nd Dubai Desert Classic and T2nd KLM Open Played in five PGA Tour events in 2004, best finish -T6th, PGA Championship.

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.56 (ranked 16th); money - $2,296,423 or GBP 1,552,151 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Volvo Masters.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; rounds played - 24; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $547,183.93; (ranked 143 - unofficial); best finish - T-3 at the WGC-NEC Invitational.

2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.48 (ranked T59thth); money - $478,244 or GBP 320,378 (ranked 52nd); best finish, T4th, Smurfit Kappa European Open.

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