Tag Archives: Paul McGinley

May
26
2017

I have to say that you wouldn’t believe the self-restraint I’ve exercised in not using a headline playing off the pun, “Grace under fire.” Because it’s definitely staring me down at the moment. I mean, it’s RIGHT there for the taking, but no, I refuse to give in and I don’t want to talk 30 minutes working it into the *perfect* way to describe Branden Grace’s “controversial” drop in a bunker during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

There was quite a bit of outrage from viewers, commentators and players who watched the situation play out on par-4 13th hole at Wentworth Thursday evening. Grace hit his approach into a greenside bunker, which left him with a plugged lie on the upslope — it was less than ideal and I doubt the best bunker player in the world could’ve done anything but make contact with the sand and hope it rolled back to a normal lie in the bunker.

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Feb
18
2015
Europe's lead man

Europe’s lead man

Instead of an 11-person task force for Team America, it only took the Europeans a five-man panel to select Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain. The 46-year-old will become the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe’s team in the biennial matches pitted against the U.S. in 2016 at Hazeltine. 

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Oct
1
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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Don’t get me wrong, the 12 players on a team hit the shots and make the putts that ultimately determine a win or loss, but the job of the Ryder Cup captain involves more than just picking out uniforms, posing for photo ops, and making decisions from your “gut” — a term American Captain Tom Watson used starting at the glitzy press conference, where he made his somewhat controversial captain’s picks, particularly when it came down to Webb Simpson, who apparently texted his way onto the team.

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Sep
29
2014

The European and American teams got together to celebrate the end of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday night. There was no shortage of alcohol and things got a little weird. Rory McIlroy posted the above photo of himself with Stephen Gallacher on his Instagram, wearing a wig and tartan kilt — oh, and he was shirtless. 

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

After finishing 24th at the PGA Championship, Jamie Donaldson received a phone call from Captain McGinley telling him that he was not guaranteed a spot on Team Europe. To secure his spot, Donaldson won the Czech Masters, and carried the momentum to a 3-1-0 record in his first Ryder Cup.

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Jamie Donaldson rode Thomas Bjorn like a bull as the winning European Team entered the post-tournament press conference. Spirits were high, laughs were plentiful, and champagne even more so. To the victor go the spoils, indeed.

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Sep
27
2014

The American Ryder Cup team find themselves in a familiar position heading into Sunday’s singles matches: Losing. After a 3.5-0.5 thrashing in Saturday afternoon foursomes, the Europeans have taken a(nother) commanding lead 10-6 headed into the final day of the biennial matches.

Miracles do happen as we saw only two years ago at Medinah, but the chances of it happening for the Americans on foreign soil are slim to none. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing “Glory at Gleneagles” — it’s been more like “Goof at Gleneagles,” with several major questionable decisions made by American Captain Tom Watson. (Just a few to start with: Why did he sit the rookies in Friday Foursomes? Why did he play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice on Friday? Why didn’t he play them at all on Saturday? Why didn’t he rest Jimmy Walker?)

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Sep
26
2014

After a solid Friday morning fourball session for Team USA, the Europeans dominated the afternoon foursomes, winning 3.5 of the total possible 4 points from the second session.

Unfortunately, I was correct in my prediction that the Americans would get throttled (I guessed 3-1), but it was obviously even worse than I anticipated. (Not that anyone cares, but the good news is I correctly predicted the score 2.5-1.5 after the first session, and I have a bet slip to prove it!)

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Sep
25
2014

The wait for the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup to kick off is almost over as Captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley announced their pairings and match-ups for the opening fourball session on Friday morning. Exciting! Here’s how the line-up looks:

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Sep
23
2014

It’s no secret that the relationship between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy has drastically changed over the past few years. While it doesn’t seem that long ago when McDowell was watching proudly by the 18th green on Sunday at Congressional as McIlroy walked up the fairway on the way to his first major victory at the 2011 U.S. Open, the little-brother/big-brother dynamic between them no longer exists.

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