Paul McGinley had a bright future ahead of him as a Gaelic Footballer, until a broken knee cap ended his career at the age of 19. Paul turned to his other love, golf and the rest is history. McGinley played in the 1991 Walker Cup helping Liam White beat Phil Mickelson and Bob May then gained his card on his first visit to Qualifying School later that year.
Paul achieved his place in golfing folklore by holing the winning putt on his Ryder Cup debut in 2002. He went on to represent Europe in 2004 and 2006, making him the first European Golfer to be a winner in every one of his three appearances. Once again Paul showed his skills at team golf when he led the Great Britain and Ireland team to victory in the 2009 and 2011 Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros, 2009 being in his first experience of captaincy.
McGinley is passionate about the team format, a point that was recognised by Colin Montgomerie who named him as one of his Vice Captains for The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort. Whether it is The Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy, World Cup or Royal Trophy, he has been on a winning team for all of them.
In 2013 he was named as the Europe team captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup. He will be the first Irishman to captain the Ryder Cup side.
Paul McGinley is available for after dinner and keynote speeches.