Date of Birth:16th December 1966Country:Ireland

Paul McGinley

An immensely popular player among his peers, the Dubliner - bedevilled by a knee injury that dates back to his Gaelic football youth and which has required eight operations over time - has excelled in team competitions, most famously in partnering his friend Pádraig Harrington to the World Cup in 1997 and also in the Ryder Cup where he has been on three winning teams (holing the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002, being part of the biggest ever European win on American soil at Oakland Hills in 2004 and savouring every moment of the victory on home soil at The K Club in 2006). His captaincy of the Great Britain and Ireland team in the victory over the Continent of Europe in the Vivendi Trophy in 2009 has marked him out as a future Ryder Cup captain, although his determination and work ethic would indicate he still has a lot more to offer as a player. McGinley has four wins on the PGA European Tour to his credit, including the season-ending Volvo

Masters in 2005 when he finished a career best third on the Order of Merit . . . . he has strong sporting interests away from the golf course, including holding season tickets to West Ham Utd and Glasgow Celtic as well as keeping an eye on the fortunes of Dublin's Gaelic footballers . . . . he once used former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan as a caddie  . . . . has also ventured into golf course design, his creation at Macreddin in Co.. Wicklow earning him widespread praise.