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Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup

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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. [9] In 1994, McGinley lost a playoff to José María Olazábal in the Open Mediterrania. [10]

McGinley met his wife, Allison Shapcott, who played golf for England and on the Ladies European Tour, when they were both at United States International University in San Diego. They married in 1996 and have three children. [22]Justin Rose quipped: "Thanks." Faldo looked at his team and then said: "Do I care?" Lee Westwood was first to step in: "No is the word you're looking for, I think."

His credentials mean he’s been in the media for the best part of two decades. He’s been both star and second-in-command, navigating the complexities that come with leading a team of sporting professionals. Here, he shares his top tips for leading a talented, diverse team – and the occasional ego – under the pressure of sports media scrutiny. He has also been on winning teams for the Seve Trophy, World Cup and the Royal Trophy, and in 2009 and 2011 led the Britain and Ireland team to victory as captain in the Vivendi Trophy. Being self-aware allowed him to shore up his weaknesses – to the extent that he not only became a focused leader, he was scrupulous. His players praised him as “meticulous” for his leadership skills during the Ryder Cup when his opposition Tom Watson – who yes, might have been a bigger name in golf – allegedly left his team wanting.U.S. Beats Britain-Ireland, Regains Walker Cup". Los Angeles Times. 7 September 1991 . Retrieved 13 February 2013. Paul has always been passionate about playing as a part of a team. On his team’s victory over the USA in 2014, he commented, ‘I’m very proud of every one of those players. I couldn’t have asked for an ounce more from them.’

Paul McGinley is a professional golfer and one of the European Tours’ leading lights. Selected as the captain of the European Ryder Cup team, Paul is recognised for his natural leadership qualities and dependable consistency under pressure in some of the largest golf events in the world. A terrific golf speaker, Paul has experience of some of the most memorable moments of golf in the past two decades. From before he was appointed, McGinley's every thought and move was designed to create such a platform for his European team. Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2002 (winners), 2005 (winners), 2009 (winners, non-playing captain), 2011 (winners, non-playing captain) Faldo was asked: "Since you became captain, many of your decisions have been criticised. In the wake of this defeat, you'll receive more criticism tomorrow no doubt from the British press. I wonder, do you care, and if not, why not?"There's lots to digest about what Paul did very, very well," Ian Poulter told BBC Sport. "Tom Watson is way more accomplished as a player than what Paul McGinley is, so he couldn't go up against his record. While a highly proficient team will no doubt prefer an empowering leader, there are times they’ll look to their leader for strength. It’s important all leaders have the courage and conviction to clarify people’s roles, recalibrate team efforts and simply get things done. As a figurehead, you need to find your own voice but you also need to understand when to sing forte. Prior to his illustrious professional career, McGinley took up golf as an injury prevented him from paying football. After winning the Irish Amature Close Championships in 1989 followed by 1991 South of Ireland Championship got him selected for the Britain & Ireland Walker Cup in 1991. An impressive performance confirmed his destiny and later that year he turned professional. Murray, Ewan (16 January 2012). "Paul McGinley thanks players after becoming Europe's Ryder Cup captain". The Guardian. London . Retrieved 16 January 2013. It was a strategic decision that freed him up to watch each game on a large screen and plot the next coordinates of the game plan. It also meant the players sitting out of any given session had a dedicated vice-captain by their side, as did the players on the turf. He knew who was where, how they played and vitally, how they felt. He also relied on the players’ closest confidantes: the caddies. “If the caddies said there was a problem, I knew there was a problem.”

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