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Paul McGinley (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 Padraig Harrington 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. He is currently the second best Irish golfer in world rankings behind Harrington.
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.
1988 Irish Youths Championship, Scottish Youths Championship
1989 Irish Amateur Championship
European Tour wins
1996 Hohe Brucke Open
1997 Oki Pro-Am
2001 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open
2005 Volvo Masters
1997 Irish PGA Championship
2000 Irish PGA Championship
2002 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship
2003 Smurfit Irish PGA Championship